Apex Legends: An Absolute Battle Royale Winner
The Respawn game studio reported that the new “battle royale” Apex Legends gathered an audience of 10 million players just in three days from the moment of release. And we believe this is the only beginning of its success.
Becoming a real legend
The head of Respawn Entertainment Vince Zampella thanked the players: “We knew that it was risky to launch a new battle royale in the free-to-play format without prior announcement. But we fell in love with Apex Legends and wanted other players to love our project as well. However, even in our wildest dreams, we could not expect the amount of support and positive feedback we’ve received. Thank you for joining us on this journey. This is just the beginning! This year we have many more surprises for you. See you in the arena! ”.
Apex Legends is a free shooter in the genre of "royal battle", which takes place in the universe Titanfall. The shooter is offered to players on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. In fact, the game had no pre-marketing campaign, and information about it began to appear only a day before the release. But this did not prevent Apex Legends from literally blowing up the shareware video game market. In less than three days, the user base has grown to 10 million people, and the maximum peak of online players has exceeded 1 million people.
Apex Legends will use a seasonal model - each theme season will bring new content into the game in the form of weapons, images, etc. The start of the first season is scheduled for March this year, it will give players the opportunity to purchase a Battle Pass to gain access to exclusive items that are earned through the game.
A stairway to the top
Starting in 2017, PUBG founded the modern battle royale approach, with its large server sizes and narrowing map. Several months later, Fortnite has shown up on the scene and settled the approach of treating the genre as a constantly updating live service. Thanks to its free-to-play mode, battle pass subscription service, and the map evolving, Fortnite blew up in popularity.
Introducing Apex, Respawn wanted to show what a battle royale game can look like if it’s made by one of the best action game studios around.
Apex Legends succeeded not only in players amount but also became the EA savior. After the publication of the last financial report, the EA stocks fell by almost 20%. However, the recent success of Apex Legends has helped the company not only to return the previous value of the shares but also increase them quite rapidly.
For the first 72 hours, the new royal battle from the creators of Titanfall attracted the attention of 10 million players. For comparison, the current leader of the genre Fortnite was able to recruit the first 10 million players only two weeks after the launch (however, at that time the genre was not yet so popular, the majority of fans of online group shooters played mostly PUBG).
Perhaps, just due to the fact that the "Legends" managed to beat the early record of megahit Epic Games, the market reacted so favorably with respect to EA, despite the poor performance of Battlefield V.
Equality for everyone
“Getting away from military dudes with helmets and having a more diverse, colourful group.” - that’s what says Jay Frechette, the game’s developer.
The creators of the game tried to carefully balance the characters. Therefore, in Apex Legends there are both men and women (and even a robot); both white and black, and so on. According to the developers, there are two LGBTQ+ characters in the game. One of them is Gibraltar. His official bio notes that he has devoted his life to helping others since “he and his boyfriend stole his father’s motorcycle, took it on a joyride”. He is also the only available masculine character, others are to buy.
Another one is the Bloodhound, whose identity is difficult to establish behind thick armor and mask. His bio describes his identity as “a mystery wrapped in layers of rumours.” Bloodhound’s voice actor Allegra Clark and Jay Frechette, a community manager for Respawn Entertainment, have both confirmed the character is non-binary.
According to Frechette, this is a non-binary in terms of gender identity, or at least a personality without a specific gender identity. Non-binary people or gender queers are those who do not fit into the generally accepted system of two sexes.
“There are diverse people working in our studio. The user base of the "battle royale" is diverse too. Having a diverse cast is super important. You want everyone to have someone they can connect to. ” - said Jay Fréchette.
Take a dip
As you can see, Apex Legends is really a revolutionary one. It has already conquered a huge fan base, and according to players reviews, it’s also an outstanding game for BR world. It’s better to try once than to talk about.
The action of Apex Legends takes place in the Titanfall universe 30 years after the events in Titanfall 2. The inhabitants of the Frontier fly to the Outer Earths to participate in the Apex games. There are no titans, no double jumps and running along the walls. Titanfall decided to get rid of the main chips, as they completely break the balance and spoil the gaming experience. There are 60 people on the map, divided into 20 teams with three people in each of them. At the same time, a match cannot be started alone or in a duo with a friend. The game itself will get the missing team members to your stack. This was done for a reason: here a lot of things are tied up on team interaction, and even landing on the map takes place in connection with the allies. The game automatically selects one of the three members of the group and gives him the opportunity to land his squad on the desired location, and all his partners fly behind him. At the same time, you can get rid of your group and fall somewhere alone, but this is not recommended, as a lone wolf will be quickly shot here.
Before landing, you are offered to choose a character. Now there are eight of them, but the developers have promised to add new ones. At the start, six will be available, two more will have to be purchased for in-game currency. The currency accumulates quite quickly. In six hours you can easily save about a third of the value of one character.
After landing, you need to do the usual thing for the battles to find a weapon. Here it is both lying under your feet and is stored in boxes. At particular places on the map, you can find especially rare loots, and this area is highlighted for all participants.
Another unique feature of Apex Legends is that you can completely revive your ally here. To do this, you need to raise his personal token from his corpse and take it to the point of rebirth. Then he will fly to the map again, but without a weapon, so it is better to prepare weapons and cartridges for the poor guy in advance.
The game has 19 types of weapons: machine guns, assault rifles, pistols, shotguns, and sniper rifles. Each sample will be well known to Titanfall lovers. There are three types of grenades: fragmentation, incendiary and deafening. For each weapon, there are certain body kits and upgrades, which can also be found in the boxes.
It’s worth trying
After such a powerful start to the game, there is only one question: can Respawn keep the audience? And it's not just about releasing new content, but also solving problems quickly, or fight with cheaters. From the moment of the success of PUBG and Fortnite until now, no one has succeeded. If Respawn does everything right, we are waiting for a third player in the market. The creators of Apex Legends managed to remove all unnecessary and even bring something new. But sometimes just being a good game is not enough. The Titanfall series knows this better than anyone else.