Apex Legends is just a battle royale for now, but Respawn wants to make it so much more. As leaks have sprung up about a potential Team Deathmatch (TDM) mode, the devs have kept their lips sealed, but are indicating a big expansion soon.
While Respawn has worked on keeping Apex Legends fresh with a number of limited-time game modes, all of them center around one thing — the battle royale genre. The loot pools or the size of squads may change, but the core gameplay remains the same.
However, with Apex entering its third year on the market, Respawn are looking at making it so much more. Rumblings of expansion into other FPS genres within Apex Legends have been going for a while now, and in Season 8, there’s more validity now than ever before.
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Respawn have said they wan to expand beyond battle royale, and leaks have been everywhere. A TDM-style mode has been the first one on players’ lips after data miners discovered smaller “arenas” that look perfect for the mode.
Now, Respawn is coming out with big hints about Apex’s future. While they haven’t confirmed the exact modes coming out soon — with developers avoiding saying “TDM” when asked by players — they are looking to make Apex Legends more than just a battle royale.
“We are always looking at ways to expand the play spaces of our Legends beyond Battle Royale,” developer Brian Vidovic told players on Reddit.
“All I’ll say is that we have a lot of really cool prototypes in the works.”
It comes after a number of different game modes, including that TDM-style Arenas one, were leaked ahead of the Season 8 update.
That leak contained references to Locked and Loaded, which is coming to Apex Legends as an LTM during the anniversary event.
With the pieces coming together, it’s possible that a TDM-style mode could be planned for Season 9. Either way, Apex Legends is about to become a lot more than a battle royale in 2021.