Titanfall’s Apex Legends, the latest entrant in the hugely competitive Battle Royale space, has hit 10 million players within 72 hours of its launch, along with having over a million concurrent players.
The free to play game by EA has garnered a lot of excitement since its launch on Monday, and currently is the most streamed game on Twitch with over 200k viewers.
Vince Zampella, CEO of Respawn said:
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. But we fell in love with Apex Legends and wanted, needed, other people to play it too.
For those living under a rock, Apex Legends is a free-to-play battle royale game set in the Titanfall universe, and it’s a game that mashes together elements of some of the most popular online shooters. It features Overwatch-style hero characters, along with the core gameplay of Fortnite and PUBG. Notably, it also requires players to squad up in groups of three, though it includes a number of accessibility features so that you can play it without voice chat.
“We hoped you’d love it as much as us, but never in our wildest dreams could we have expected the outpouring of support and positivity we’ve seen. From all of us at Respawn, thank you for giving us and Apex Legends a chance. Thank you for joining us on this journey. This is just the beginning! We have so much more in store for you this year.”
To put things in perspective- The most popular Battle Royale Game Fortnite took 2 weeks to hit the 10 million mark, while overwatch took a month. Although it is way behind the 200 million user base that is holding Fortnite firmly at the number 1 Battle Royale game- the start seems very positive for Apex Legends to displace it in the coming months.