Respawn Entertainment’s, Apex Legends took the world by storm with its unannounced release on February 4th, 2019. Within 72 hours, the game amassed over 10 million players and continues to receive praise from the gaming community.
Apex Legends is a free-to-play battle royale game set in the Titanfall universe, and it’s a game that mashes together elements of some of the most popular online shooters. It features Overwatch-style hero characters, along with the core gameplay of Fortnite and PUBG.
Notably, the game is played in mandatory squads of three as its only game mode. Each match features 20 teams, 60 players total, on a creatively wrought map of sci-fi tropes and elaborate structures to explore and fight through. Mandatory teamwork can be the bane of a lot of multiplayer games, but here it works: Each player, as one of a currently small number of champions, has unique abilities that work in synergy with other players.
Respawn’s Vince Zampella announced on Twitter that 10 million players have tried out Apex Legends in just 72 hours. Electronic Arts previously confirmed 2.5 million had played in the first day, meaning an additional 7.5 jumped in in the subsequent two days. Apex Legends also hit 1 million peak concurrent players in those three days.
“This has been a truly incredible journey. We tested and tweaked. We argued and agreed. We got to a point where we felt some magic. We knew it would be risky to take the franchise in this direction, to go free to play, and do a surprise launch. But we fell in love with Apex Legends and wanted, needed, other people to play it too.” Zampella wrote in a blog post.
Apex Legends has sparked a wave of discussion in the gaming community, the focal point of argument seems to base around the idea that Apex Legends can be Fortnite’s rival in the gaming community.
In addition to Apex, Respawn is also working on a Star Wars game that’s expected to launch this year, and publisher EA says that “related Titanfall experiences” are also in the works. “We have so much more in store for you this year,” Zampella says.