Apex Legends is a free-to-play battle royale game developed by Respawn Entertainment and published by Electronic Arts. Set in the same universe as Titanfall, the game was released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on February 4, 2019. Shortly after its release, it had over 10 million downloads. Apex Legends is a battle royale game borrowing concepts of the hero shooter, taking place 30 years after the events of Titanfall 2. Apex differs from most battle royale games by incorporating Legends, pre-defined heroes with unique abilities that fall into roles such as Offense, Defense, Support and Recon. Teams scour the game map for weapons, ammo, and other equipment, while fighting to be last team standing, all whilst staying with an ever-shrinking safe zone on the map. Players that are eliminated drop a banner that allows them to be respawned if a member of their squad delivers it to a Spawn Beacon. Apex features both voice-chat communication with squadmates and a robust Smart Comms approach that allows a player to ping map features like weapons, opponents, or rally points.