How does it work?
Players must have an account on a relevant platform in order to play Apex LegendsOnce they have a verified account, they are able to begin playing.
Apex Legends is an online multiplayer game. It places three-player squads (Trios) or two-player squads (Duos) into the ‘Apex Games’ – a gladiator arena setting where players must eliminate other squads in order to survive. Players can join in a squad with their friends or be randomly matched with other players in the waiting lobby.
Every player must choose to play as one of the game’s ‘Legends’, a roster of pre-set characters with different ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, and backstories. unique skillset of tactical, passive, and ultimate abilities that determine the type of asset the player will be to their team. Players must improve their rank within the game to unlock all 21 characters.
Once teams leave the lobby and the match starts, players fly into an area and begin to ‘loot’ (search an area for items that will help game progress, like weapons and armour) while defending their teammates. Battle-royale matches contain 60 players in teams of three or two depending on the mode. Squads must then move across the game map to avoid the ‘ring’, a system that closes off parts of the map until the final squads are forced into one specific area. The aim of the game is to be the last squad alive – the ‘Apex Champions’– by eliminating all of the other squads.
Squads can communicate with each other using voice chat (via headset), text chat, or the in-game Ping system (this signals the location of enemies, suggests locations to loot, and highlights areas that have already been visited). This system was created by EA to allow players to communicate in a non-verbal way while playing and has been praised for its accessibility for non-verbal and deaf players. Other games, including Fortnite, have since adopted this system.