Developer Respawn has revealed that Apex Legends passed the one million-player mark within eight hours of launching.
Respawn CEO Vince Zampella tweeted the news, saying: “I’m so overwhelmed right now, @PlayApex broke a million unique players in under 8 hours.” The latest entry into the battle royale market, with its Titanfall universe setting and Overwatch-like Legends with different play-styles, has clearly caught gamers’ imaginations at launch, and it will be fascinating to see if it can sustain its success in the face of competition against the likes of PUBG, Fortnite and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s Blackout mode.
Meanwhile, publisher EA and developer Respawn have spoken about Apex Legends – which was unannounced until its launch – and hinted about where it will go in the future. Drew McCoy, the game’s Lead Producer, said: “Our goal in every game you play is that you come in with a plan, but you leave with a story. We’re building a game that is not only going to deliver a fun and memorable experience at launch, but something we can keep growing for a long time to come.”
EA added: “The first season of Apex Legends is scheduled to kick off in March and will give players the opportunity to purchase a Battle Pass to gain access to exclusive cosmetic items earned through gameplay. Apex Legendswill follow a seasonal model with each themed season bringing new content to the game in the form of new weapons, new Legends, new skins and more.”
An FAQ about the game on Apex Legends’ website provides useful information about how to play it, as well as aspects like drop rates for the Apex Pack loot boxes and what the Battle Pass will bring.
For more information, keep an eye on Apex Legends’ site.