Apex Legends‘ instant success can be partly attributed to the fact that it’s simply a good game in the current genre of the moment, but the fanfare around its secret launch—heralded by the world’s top streamers—certainly didn’t hurt any.
As it turns out, that secret launch wasn’t all that secret. It’s just that no one was really paying that much attention.
A post on the game’s subreddit recently revealed that Apex Legends‘ map leaked nearly a year ago, and no one believed the original poster.
The map, posted by Reddit user hiticonic, is Kings Canyon almost exactly, the only difference being that its final north-to-south orientation is rotated 90 degrees clockwise and the Arena is now called the Pit.
Back then, this map was thought to be from a battle royale mode that would come packaged with the next Titanfall game. The funniest part about looking back at the old post is just how many people didn’t believe the OP and how many others didn’t want battle royale in Titanfall.
“They better not add battle royale in the next game,” one user wrote.
“I really hope this doesn’t happen,” another commented.
One Reddit user even cited out the giant creatures on the map as proof that it was a fake. As it turns out, those creatures, named “Leviathans” after their home planet in the Titanfall universe, have made it into Apex Legends—or, at least, some version of them have.
There were other clues that hinted at Apex Legends‘ launch prior to its reveal in early February. Back in October 2018, EA hinted that Respawn was working on multiple titles in addition to Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. At the time, many assumed this was a third Titanfall, but it turns out that it was Apex Legends.
Unfortunately for Titanfall fans, it seems that Apex Legends‘ development took precedence over Titanfall 3. Maybe while Respawn was developing a battle royale mode for Titanfall, the developers realized it should just be its own game. Regardless, Respawn CEO Vince Zampella stated that the developer was “working on more Titanfall for later in the year,” so it’s possible we’ll see reveal for Titanfall 3 by the end of 2019 after all. Given the publicity that Apex Legends is earning Respawn, as will Fallen Order, it might be okay if Titanfall fans start feeling cautiously optimistic about the future of the series.
Source: PC Gamer