Apex Legends introduces new characters on a regular basis, each bringing unique abilities and playstyles to the battle royale experience. With 17 Legends currently available, players have a wide range of options to choose from. Every Legend has three distinct abilities: a Passive ability that is always active, a Tactical ability with a short cooldown, and an Ultimate ability that takes longer to charge up. Each Legend is also categorized into one of five distinct classes: Assault, Controller, Recon, Skirmisher, and Support. Having a mix of these classes can help balance a team's gameplay style. What sets Apex Legends apart from other battle royale games is the in-depth background story for each Legend, complete with relationships, enemies, and goals. These Legends are more than just plain game characters.Three-Person Squads.
One way in which Apex Legends distinguishes itself from other Battle Royales is by opting for three-person squads instead of four. This puts pressure on every player to perform and improve alongside their teammates, as there's no room for being carried by others. The game offers little to no luck factor, and players receive what they earn. Respawn has announced that it is replacing the previous Skill-Based Matchmaking system
with a new one that will more precisely group players according to their skill level. In the past, the matchmaking system divided players into four distinct skill brackets, including one for new players. The new system, which is described as "more granular," will have "many more brackets," allowing the matching algorithm to make better decisions when placing players into matches, both for public games and ranked matches.