Apex Legends May Get Mobile Version Soon
It has only been a little over one week since EA and Respawn Entertainment’s Apex Legends came out for PC, PS4, and Xbox One, and the free-to-play battle royale game has already overtaken most of its established competitors. It managed to garner over 2 million concurrent players during the first weekend following its launch, with a total of 25 million players having logged into the game during the entire week.
The game may have found a new formula for success in the battle royale genre, with an excellent blend of the fast-paced movement and combat of Blackout (the battle royale game mode in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4) and team roles found in class-based shooters such as Overwatch. Streamers all over the world, including the likes of Ninja, Shroud, and Dr Disrespect, seem to have taken a liking to the game, and for good reason. Apex Legends is a fun game. Of course, the fact that it is popular as well doesn’t hurt either – the more players there are, the faster you’ll find games.
Likely encouraged by its outstanding reception, EA seems to have already drafted plans to take the next natural step in a battle royale game’s evolution – bringing it to mobile platforms. In its Q3 2019 earnings call, EA Games CEO Andrew Wilson said that the company is looking into having Apex Legends go mobile and also adding support for cross-play, such as that enjoyed by Fortnite players.
As I said earlier, we are looking at how to take the game to mobile and cross-play over time, and I also expect that this game will have tremendous value in Asia, and we’re in conversations about that. Some of those conversations, as you might guess, are new.Andrew Wilson, CEO EA Games
Wilson did not specify a definite release window or detail whether support for cross-play will be limited to consoles and PC players or extended to the iOS and/or Android version of the game as well.
Seeing as how quickly the game has been able to rise over and above the saturation of battle royale, EA will want to maintain that momentum, and for that, the company will likely strive to bring it to mobile platforms as soon as possible.