Welcome to another episode of ‘How Well is Apex Legends Doing?’ It turns out it’s doing really rather well indeed, hitting 25 million unique players within just a week of its launch, including a concurrent player count peak of 2 million over the weekend. I know, I was there when the servers came to a grinding halt for 45 painful minutes.
“From everyone here at Respawn, thank you,” said Respawn founder Vince Zampella. “The community’s excitement for Apex Legends is electric, and we feel it here at the studio. We couldn’t have gotten where we are without you and look forward to having you on this journey with us.”
They do deserve it. Titanfall 2 drastically undersold considering its quality, especially considering the folks who complain when a shooter arrives without a single-player campaign clearly didn't vote with their wallets. Titanfall 2’s single-player was top-tier and its sales barely registered, so it’s little wonder to see Respawn pivot to battle royale. It’s a move that’s paid off though, and it also appears to have generated a little more interest in Titanfall 2. Player counts have more than doubled their usual peaks lately, suggesting people are looking for where it all began.
It means Apex Legends is now doubled PUBG’s peak concurrent player count over the last month, although this is a slightly unfair comparison when one is a paid product and the other costs as much as a lungful of air. Plenty of freebies fail though, and few achieve quite this level of success.
I can only imagine the suits at EA are shaking their heads and questioning why the Apex Legends Battle Pass wasn’t ready for launch. There will be literally millions who would want to buy it right now so that could be viewed as an opportunity lost if Apex Legends doesn’t continue to surge in popularity. At this point that seems doubtful though, nothing stops this train.
Apex’s Season One begins in March and that’s when we’ll get our first new content updates, including the debut of the Battle Pass, new playable Legends, weapons, loot, and more (modes, perhaps?).
It seems a lot of people are on-board with what Respawn is doing with Apex. It's currently leading our poll of your favourite battle royale games, and by some distance.