How EA is Injecting Microtransactions Into Apex Legends, the Newest Battle Royale

EA and Respawn Entertainment have said that Apex Legends will feature cosmetics and characters that can be paid for with real-world currency.

Respawn and EA unveiled their newest game today during a really long (and really drawn out) live stream. Apex Legends is being set up to be the next big battle royale game, looking to trade punches with games like Fortnite, PUBG, and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4‘s Blackout. This game, however, takes place in the same universe as Titanfall so be on the lookout for parkour and fast-paced gameplay.

But, as with everything EA touches, fans are eager to see how the company’s history of microtransactions will impact their new titles, such as the upcoming Anthem. Turns out, it’s not as bad as people thought.

For now, Respawn has promised that in-game purchases will be limited to cosmetics.

This is the kind of news that fans of the battle royale genre were looking for, and critics of EA (myself included) were skeptical of. Turns out EA might be learning their lesson after the events of Battlefront II’s aggressive and predatory microtransactions.

Anthem and Battlefield V have come under fire recently for their confusing launch schedules that aim to keep the game out of players’ hands unless they’re willing to pay more to get them weeks early.

Developers stressed the importance of keeping a free-to-play game from being pay-to-win.

“All of the spending in our game is very fair. It’s for characters and cosmetics only,” developers said.

While paying for cosmetics isn’t new, paying for characters can have an impact on gameplay. Rainbow Six: Seige, for example, offers new characters for in-game currency or for real-world dollars.

It’s unclear if Apex Legends will be time gating these characters in a similar way to EA’s games, allowing players with bigger wallets to access new (and likely unbalanced) characters in-game.

Apex Legends is available now on PC, Xbox One, and PS4 for free. The game became available as soon as the live reveal began airing. You can read more about the game, including what the stream was like before the reveal or our article that sums up everything you’ll want to know before dropping in.

Keep an eye on DualShockers all week for more news regarding Apex Legends and gameplay footage as we get into the game ourselves.

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Noah Buttner

Noah Buttner is a staff writer at Dualshockers. He specializes in textual and visual analysis and is based in New York, where he recently obtained a degree in Journalism from Stony Brook University.

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