It’s Time for an Apex Legends Story or PvE Mode
It is no doubt that Respawn Entertainment has created one of the biggest games out there right now with Apex Legends. The popular battle royale title is among the top entries in the growing genre and it regularly competes with others like Fortnite, PUBG, and Warzone. That said, it could use an Apex Legends story mode.
Apex Legends Is Great But Could Use Some Changes
You could argue that Apex Legends is one of the groundbreaking games in the battle royale genre as other games have copied its features for their games many times in the past. The trios set up, the unbelievably awesome ping system, and revives are just a few of these.
With this, Apex Legends has secured its place in the multiplayer space on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Unfortunately, like with all games, there is some room for growth and improvement, and there are changes that we would like to see happen for the game.
But I’m not here to talk about the general changes I’d like to see happen, as I’ve already done that before with a separate blog post earlier this year about the Global Series. Instead, I am going to go over one main addition that could shake up Apex Legends in a way that players aren’t expecting.
Apex Legends Needs a Non-Competitive Mode
Let me start by saying that Apex Legends needs a new game mode besides the battle royale portion that already exists. This is one of the dire problems with the game as it only has the normal battle royale and ranked; that’s it. Recent changes like adding both the World’s Edge and original Kings Canyon maps have helped in this regard, but it isn’t enough.
There needs to be more options for players in general and one way that Respawn can do this is by releasing a non-competitive mode that has nothing to do with the battle royale portion of the game. Instead of having it be about the last team standing, it can be something entirely different.
This would be great for players as it would open the doors for the community to have something else to play other than battle royale. This may seem strange because it would be contrary to what the game is normally about, but this sort of change wouldn’t be unique as others like Fortnite and even PUBG have branched beyond the standard battle royale.
To make sense of all of this, I am going to go over the reasons that this needs to happen and then give you my thoughts on how this could happen. Starting with the reasons, there are several of these that I believe make a non-competitive mode like a story campaign or even just PvE mode make sense.
Why Apex Legends Needs One: More Options
Before we get into the specifics of what I want to see, the first reason why I believe this should happen is a simple one that I already teased a bit. The game needs more options. Apex Legends is great, but it can only do so much with the few options that it currently has.
Players aren’t able to permanently select solos or other game types that are integral to just about every battle royale game out there. Sure, there are two maps now and a ranked section for those who want it, but again, these are just expected sections of any battle royale game.
I’m not here to go to bat for permanent solos and the like, though. In this post, it is all about a non-competitive mode. One way that Respawn can resolve the issue permanently around the lack of options is by giving one that no one expected, and that is a PvE or story mode.
Suddenly, it is less about which battle royale game mode you want to play and more about what you are in the mood for. No matter how you look at it, solos and trios are generally the same game with just less players. Sure, this changes the formula and pattern of matches a bit but the same competition is there.
So, instead of just adding a new layer to the normal battle royale experience, there could be an alternative for those who aren’t wanting something intense or stressful. Maybe you do a few matches of battle royale and get tired of it. Normally, this would lead to you just leaving the game and playing something else instead.
But if there is a less hectic singleplayer or cooperative game mode that players could enjoy in Apex Legends, it would be a great alternative for those who have grown tired of competing at that time. More options are seldom a bad thing, so this would be a welcome change of pace for Apex.
It Could Breathe New Life Into the Game
What would also be great about a new Apex Legends story mode is that it would breath new life into the game in general. What I mean by this is that it would open up the game more and give it a fresh start. Let’s be real: There are a lot of players who still don’t like battle royale.
Look, I love battle royale but I do understand that not every player out there, even first-person shooter fans, want to play some battle royale. This is understandable and releasing an Apex Legends story mode or something like that would possibly open it up to a new audience.
Also, it could come at a perfect time when those who do love battle royale might be getting tired of the same old, same old. For both parties alike, this could be the breath of fresh air that they were looking for when it comes to Apex Legends.
I’ll be the first to admit that, with the releases of other games like Warzone, I have grown a bit tired when it comes to Apex. I’m sure I’m not the only one in this situation, so a PvE or singleplayer could be exactly what we need to feel rejuvenated and passionate about the game again.
PvE Works Extremely Well for Fortnite
The next reason is one that, technically, isn’t about Apex Legends itself. Moving away from it for a moment, we can look at how PvE has affected other games in the genre. To be honest, Fortnite is the only one that has done this unless you count the Modern Warfare campaign for Warzone (I don’t).
Fortnite is all about options and it has several different non-competitive modes that you can choose from. Ignoring Team Rumble for this post, we have Creative and Save the World. The latter has been there from the beginning and lets players join together for taking out monsters and the like.
It is all about working together and having fun together, instead of worrying about the pro players that you happened to get matched up with. Then there is the Creative, which is all about creating, sure, but you can have fun doing things through it that you wouldn’t be able to otherwise.
Game modes like mazes, doing puzzles, trivia, and so on are just a few of the crazy things that other players have come up with. Then there is Party Royale, the new non-fighting game mode that is sweeping the game currently.
These are all very popular and likely lucrative for Fortnite, and is the reason why many players keep coming back to it, even though they don’t even like battle royale. A similar situation could happen for Apex Legends, especially if there are players who liked the Titanfall series.
A Story Mode Could Be the Titanfall 3 We Never Got
Let me be honest for a moment. The Titanfall series, while loved by a core group of players, wasn’t super successful for EA and especially not in the way that Apex has. Though they are in the same universe, it is certainly clear that the distinct name difference was intentional.
An Apex Legends story mode could bridge the gap between the two of them and, for lack of a better phrase, be the Titanfall 3 that we never got. Apex Legends has already reached a far broader audience than its predecessor ever did and it could use that to its advantage.
Releasing an Apex Legends story mode could be the chance for Titanfall to live on not just in gameplay like it has already in the battle royale title, but with a possibly shortened version of what a third entry would have been. This would come with everything you would expect from it.
It is seriously unfortunate that we never got a Titanfall 3 given that players adored the singleplayer campaign that the second entry in the series got. It was the long-awaited mode that players wanted from the first game and it was very short-lived. It would be a travesty for that campaign to be the only one in the entire universe.
How to Do This: Release It at the Same Time as a New Season or Next-Gen
Moving away from my reasons why there needs to be a story mode or even PvE portion of the game, here’s how I think that it could be done. First and foremost, timing is everything when it comes to this singleplayer mode. You shouldn’t just release this out of nowhere at a random time.
This could work but it would be better to build some buzz around it and get players excited for it. The best time for this to happen would be at the launch of a new season of battle royale or, better yet, when the presumed next-gen version of Apex Legends comes out.
The next generation of consoles are still set to arrive this holiday season with the launch of the Xbox Series X and PS5, barring any major delays or changes in production. Presumably, EA will want to have Apex Legends there day one to ensure that it is adequately supporting the new systems.
It is a no-brainer to upgrade the resolution and graphics slightly to just work better on the new systems. This would be a way to have a launch game without having to build something from the ground up for the system entirely.
And what better way to usher in the new version of the game than to have the release of an Apex Legends story mode? I’m not asking for this to be exclusive to the next-gen versions as that would be awful, but it would be a great way to showcase the new hardware and encourage players to check it out there.
Since it is less about competition, you can soak in the sights and sounds of the levels that you play on. There is no better way to do this than to enjoy it on your shiny new console that you just bought. How it is released, though, is the interesting part.
The story mode shouldn’t be given out for free, as that would likely not be the smartest move nor do I see EA ever going for that. Instead, it would be awesome to see this story mode retail for a cheap price of $20-$30 as an add-on for the main game. I don’t see why there wouldn’t be enough interested players to make this worth it over building an entirely new game.
Make It a Short Campaign or PvE-Based Mode
From there, we come to the final part. What would this story mode look like? Well, it would need to be an evolution of Titanfall 3 with new beautiful levels to explore and fight on. There would need to be great cutscenes, much like the cinematic trailers that we have gotten for the main battle royale game.
Players should be able to choose to play as the hero they want to or have different levels that focus on different characters you play as in battle royale. You could use Wraith, Bloodhound, Revenant, and the rest in different ways than you are used to and find out more about their personalities and stories.
This would be a great way to bring together the lore and mythos that Respawn has built around the title. Alternatively, if this isn’t the option, then there could be a PvE mode instead. This could work similarly to how it is in other games where you are fighting in a wave-based mode or so on.
Players could deal with monsters or other enemies that they have to deal with and maybe be able to unlock different equipment like mechs. Both of these options would be an awesome way to bring the titans back into the series without having to break battle royale with introducing them there. Here’s hoping that at least one of these, if not both, happen someday.