Apex Legends is coming to mobile devices and will compete with Fortnite and PUBG. Andrew Wilson, CEO of game developer Electronic Arts (EA), is looking at the possibilities to bring the popular game ‘Apex Legends’ to smartphones. This would add a direct competitor to the Play Store for Fortnite and PUBG.
On the official Twitter account of the free to play game the number of 50 million players has been announced. The creators say that they are humbled by the support of so many players and that they can not wait to show what else is being released.
Apex Legends is a battle royale-shooter that takes place in the universe of Titanfall, without the presence of titans or exosuits. Players must operate in teams of three and can choose different characters with unique abilities.
Apex Legends hit 50 Million players worldwide! We are humbled by all your support and can’t wait to show you what’s next. pic.twitter.com/QTDH57lfvB
— Apex Legends (@PlayApex) March 4, 2019
The growth of Apex Legends is still going strong. The current number of players is doubling the milestone of 25 million players. This was achieved on 11 February. Eight hours after the release of the game, there were already a million players and after 72 hours it increased to ten million.
The Battle Royale game is currently available for free on the PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, but it will also be brought to mobile devices soon in order to compete better with Fortnite and PUBG.
During the presentation of the quarterly earnings, CEO Andrew Wilson of EA said his company wants to bring Apex Legends to Android and iOS devices: “We are looking at how we can make the game mobile and cross-play over time and I also expect that this game will have tremendous value in Asia.”
Apex Legends: How it makes money
Although Apex Legends is a free game and players can choose to continue playing in the game in order to earn in-game currency. With in-game currency players can buy and upgrade new cosmetic items for their character. There are of course other ways EA will try to make money from Apex Legends.
For example, EA plans to introduce a direct purchase option that allows players to purchase cosmetic items and new characters. Apex Legends will also offer so-called ‘Apex-packs’ that will be similar to average ‘loot boxes’ that we also know from other games. Players can also collect them over time by playing if they do not want to spend the money on games.
These revenue generation mechanisms will be included in Apex Legends in the coming months and are likely to be implemented in the mobile game as well, provided EA decides that the game will generate sufficient revenue to justify the launch. Since the game has so many players in such a short time, we can assume that the game is profitable enough to be released for smartphones.
Apex Legends Release Date
EA has announced that they will release Apex Legends on mobile devices, it’s only a question of when it will be released. We don’t have an exact date yet, but it’s expected to be launched in a couple of months. Possibly before the summer of 2019.