Apex Legends has continued its meteoric rise up the battle royale food chain, hitting 25 million players just one week after its release.
From the developers of Titanfall, Respawn Entertainment’s latest title has brought a refreshing twist to a genre which, until now, had been dominated by Fortnite and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG).
Apex Legends introduces a class-based battle royale format, allowing players to choose between offensive, defensive and support themed characters, each of which has a unique skill set.
Just three days after the live release, more than three million users had downloaded the game. Given the aforementioned success of its’ competitors, Apex Legends’ surge in growth has certainly come as a welcome surprise.
Fortnite and PUBG had become the go-to titles for battle royale fans, with more than 600 million downloads collectively, but despite their popularity, neither game was able to match the initial figures produced by Apex Legends.
One such factor contributing to the surge in popularity is the innovative ‘ping system’. Gone are the days of being lost in translation with your teammates, players can now communicate via a series of in-game notifications, signifying loot or indicating an enemy to your team is all at the push of a button.
Of course, some of the game’s success can be attributed to the fact that it is free-to-play, but despite this feature, it is the content, community and developers’ plans which truly speak for Apex Legends’ accomplishments.
With its maiden tournament already underway, a community loot drop going live on Valentine’s Day, and the first battle pass subscription in the wings, a lot more can certainly be expected from the developers in what could be a very promising year for the franchise.