“This has been a truly incredible journey. We tested and tweaked. We argued and agreed. We got to a point where we felt some magic. We knew it would be risky to take the franchise in this direction, to go free to play, and do a surprise launch. But we fell in love with Apex Legends and wanted, needed, other people to play it too,” Respawn studio boss Vince Zampella gushes in the announcement.
“We hoped you’d love it as much as us, but never in our wildest dreams could we have expected the outpouring of support and positivity we’ve seen. From all of us at Respawn, thank you for giving us and Apex Legends a chance. Thank you for joining us on this journey. This is just the beginning! We have so much more in store for you this year.”
Much like Fortnite, those plans include multiple seasons of new content including classes to the game, according to the game’s FAQ, and a premium battle pass with access to exclusive cosmetics. The first season is expected to start in March, but prices for the battle pass aren’t confirmed.