Apex Legends Hits Another Huge Player Milestone

That's a lot of players.

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Apex Legends, the free-to-play battle royale game from Titanfall developer Respawn, continues to have a strong opening week. The game has now crossed 10 million players, with a record of more than 1 million concurrent players, Respawn announced in a blog post.

"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," Respawn founder Vince Zampella said. "But we fell in love with Apex Legends and wanted, needed, other people to play it too."

He added that the massive success of Apex Legends so far has exceeded the company's "wildest dreams." Zampella went on to say that launch is "just the beginning" for Apex Legends. As announced previously, the title will offer a Fortnite-style battle pass that will deliver seasons' worth of new content over time.

In fact, Respawn said it hopes the game can live on until 2027 or longer. Players can expect "exciting changes and gameplay evolutions" for the game as it progresses.

By comparison, the latest statistics from Epic Games show that Fortnite has 200 million players and a peak concurrent record of 8.3 million players. But Fortnite is a sensation unlike almost anything else.

Apex Legends was announced and released earlier this week on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. It was a quick success, as it picked up 1 million players in eight hours, going on to reach 2.5 million players not much longer and a peak concurrent user record of 600,000 players. As today's numbers demonstrate, the game is enjoying a nice growth trajectory, and it'll be interesting to see how much bigger the game becomes over time.

Apex Legends is far from the first competitor to Fortnite and PUBG, but it's different in that it comes from a massive, established publisher in Electronic Arts.

In addition to Apex Legends, Respawn is working on something new in the Titanfall universe to release later this year, though whether or not it is the much-requested Titanfall 3 remains to be seen. Additionally, Respawn is developing a Star Wars game called Jedi: Fallen Order, and it is also slated to launch in 2019.

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RIP Titanfall, we hardly knew ye.

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@greaseman1985: If anything, you're more likely to get a Titanfall 3 because this game exists. This game is so popular that it will serve as a Trojan horse to get more people invested in the Titanfall universe.

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@Mraou: Warcraft 4, GTA5 single player DLC, Bethesda announcing ES6 for the sheer express purpose of assuring fans there will be singleplayer games after Fallout 76...

I'm afraid there is a bit of a historical precedent to suggest highly successful online games disrupt franchises. Remember, devs don't want you purchasing singleplayer games at a discount from Steam. They want you to buy their MT laden, highly addictive, game specifically designed to generate revenue for years to come. If you don't want to buy it...well, it's more cost effective for them to try and persuade you to buy it as your itch to play a new game in the franchise grows.

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@Mraou: Nah, they're gonna be busy with this game for years if it is successful. Just look at Epic.

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@greaseman1985: You kinda proved my point: the popularity of Fortnite Battle Royale served as a Trojan horse for Fortnite Creative Mode to become a much bigger success. If Creative had come out after Save the World, it wouldn't have been nearly as popular.

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@Mraou: Oh yeah, Save the World, the actual game that Fortnite was supposed to be that Epic has completely forgotten about and has been in "beta" for 3 years now. What other game has Epic even been working on?

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@greaseman1985: Erm... You couldn't be more wrong. Every season, they constantly add new STW content -- full voice acting for every event / mode / storyline, too. They added another 1/4 of the final campaign recently, overhauled the entire UI, overhauled the entire progression system (while giving everyone extra points for the hassle), automated the bonus deck-building for those uninterested in it, and that's on top on constant patching and new characters, weapons, etc.

So yeah... NOT dead whatsoever.

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@greaseman1985: Creative mode, like I said. Gears games are handled by The Coalition, and it sucks that there won't be a new UT game, but that style of shooter stopped being popular even back in 2007, when the last one came out.

The Fortnite games take place within the same universe, as does Apex take place in the Titanfall universe. So similarly, if Apex does well, there's more incentive for EA to cash off on Apex spin-offs and a true Titanfall 3 sequel.

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@Mraou: whatever the hell creative mode is, it isn't a game. The whole "same universe" stuff is marketing BS. Nobody plays Apex thinking "wow this is the Titanfall universe!!"

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@greaseman1985: Creative is essentially Fortnite Minecraft; it is a sandbox game. You're a middle aged man, so you probably have a stubborn definition of what a game is, I guess. And Apex literally draws references to Titanfall in regards to its weapons, settings and lore. I don't know what else there is to say.

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@greaseman1985: Again, you're so very, very wrong.

My entire squad constantly called out assets, voices, guns, specifics about controls, insignia, engine peculiarities... ...and we all played TF1 and 2 heavily.

...and we're all disappointed in Apex's lack of Parkour, Titans, etc. Apex is (at best) a single mode off of a Titanfall menu.

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@greaseman1985: except for every player that played and loved TF2... the guns are identical if you didnt know.

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@untouchables111: I repeat, nobody plays this game and thinks "wow this is the Titanfall universe!!" Using the same guns as Titanfall 2 simply means they saved time and reused resources. There's literally nothing else in this game that made Titanfall what it is.

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@greaseman1985: A Titan battle royale, on the other hand, would have been so awesome.

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well.. its free so theres that.. and its actually good. ive enjoyed the game a lot more than Fortnite and a heck a lot more than blackout, though several mech are dang close blackouts mech

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@untouchables111: the game overall plays better, has the best loot system, no gimmicky crafting, and looks the best.

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This might be the LAST sane part of EA left. If Respawn becomes like BioWare, EA is dEAd.

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@kaminobenimizu: Sort of depends on what Jedi Fallen Order is like. Maybe Respawn had an independence clause in their buyout contract where they get to decide what they make and how to monetize it but we'll see.

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