Apex Legends is coming to mobiles
The battle royale genre has seen quite the ascension in the past few years, and a significant part of the success for games like PUBG and Fortnite is the availability on mobiles. While many companies tried their hand at various takes on the battle royale formula, it looked like no one could come up with anything that would refresh the genre. Then EA took everyone by surprise with Apex Legends, once again demonstrating that a games success is most of the times tied to the size of the company promoting it.
In its latest quarterly earnings report, EA mentioned that Apex Legends saw a rapid adoption, as 25 million accounts were created in its first week and almost 50 million in just one month after its official launch, but the hype seems to have worn off a bit, and this is reflected in the number of viewers the game gets on Twitch. EA attributes this growth slowdown to the fact that 30% of the Apex Legends players are new to the Origin platform. In order to preserve the initial momentum, EA is already planning to bring Apex Legends to Android and iOS later this year. Additionally, EA is looking to expand into the SEA markets, as the company is already negotiating Origin marketplace expansions for South Korea and China. Origin is currently only available for PCs, so it is unclear if EA will also bring the mobile version to the Eastern markets.
Moreover, Apex Legends is rumored to come to Nintendo’s Switch, as well, but Game Informer notes that the PC game based on Valve’s Source engine may not be that easily ported to Switch.