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'Apex Legends' Is a Surprising Threat to the Dominance of 'Fortnite'

The battle royale field is crowded with competitors, but some inventive game mechanics help this one stand out.

The battle royale field is nothing if not crowded. PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds and Fortnite dominate the conversation, but beyond them lies a bevy of games, big and small, that all compete for player's minds and controller-wielding time. There's Call of Duty Black Ops 4's Black Out mode, and an upcoming battle royale entry from Battlefield V; there's the Tencent-developed Ring of Elysium; and upcoming titles from the Planetside developers and the creators of Dying Light. The genre is a crowded, busy place, and it's only getting bigger.

All of which makes the choice by Electronic Arts and Respawn, the studio behind the fabulous Titanfall games, to enter the fray with an unannounced release both incredibly predictable and somewhat surprising. Apex Legends is expected because, well, what dev doesn't want to hop on the hot new trend? But it's confounding because its entering a busy market right before EA's own Battlefield takes a spin in the genre. There's a legitimate threat that the game might get lost in the din of other titles.

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