Apex Legends is already this year’s biggest new battle royale game on PC and consoles, and it looks like Electronic Arts wants to carry that success over to mobile devices. During the company’s fourth quarter earnings call on Tuesday, the publisher mentioned that it is actively working on bringing Apex Legends to mobile platforms as well as the Chinese market.
Recently, EA released its quarterly earnings, and unsurprisingly Apex Legends was a huge hit. According to EA, the Respawn-developed battle royale game is “easily the fastest-growing franchise we’ve ever had.” What might be surprising, though, is that EA said it’s looking to bring the game from PC and console to mobile platforms in the very near future. “We are in advanced negotiations to bring Apex Legends to China and to mobile,” the company said during the announcement.
During their latest investor call, EA’s COO and CFO Blake Jorgensen confirmed that the battle royale would be released in China and on mobile. Jorgensen also made an effort to note that self-publishing in South Korea would help EA build a “direct connection” in the region, which they hoped to leverage for other games. The Sims 4 has also had its “strongest year ever”, including the year when it launched, according to the transcript.
With no official announcement of the game’s release available just yet, it’s hard to know exactly which devices players will be able to drop into Kings Canyon on exactly. Although, judging by Apex Legends’ reputation as a technical game with a large map, it’s incredibly likely that some of the older versions of the iPhone or some Android devices may not be included as part of the release.
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– Subscriptions are important for EA. Will bring subscription services to more platforms + add more games + improve technology/tools.
– Subscriptions are profitable for EA.
– Experimenting with new games launching into the service + adding 3rd party games
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There’s no word on when this might happen for Apex, nor what form the mobile iteration will take. But it appears that EA is trying hard to keep the game’s early momentum going. “We are hugely excited about the future of Apex Legends,” the company said during the announcement.
Last month Respawn also stated that the company had planned to keep updating the game with seasonal updates to keep players interested and with a fresh mind throughout the gameplay, “with a focus on quality of content over novelty or speed of release.” This followed reports of crunch and extreme overtime at Fortnite developer Epic, which updates at an incredibly fast rate. “We want to maintain our culture as a development team and avoid crunch that can quickly lead to burnout or worse,” Apex executive producer Drew McCoy said at the time.
This is the first time that EA has talked about a potential mobile version of Apex Legends, but the idea isn’t shocking. Both PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and Fortnite, two of the most popular and well know battle royale games out right now, which have both done well on mobile and open both games up to a much wider audience.
It’s unclear if Apex Legends’ mobile version will be directly connected to the console versions of the game, like Fortnite, or if it will be a different version of the game, like PUBG. Either way, with the announcement of new content just a month away and a mobile version somewhere on the horizon, it’s clear that EA is invested in the ongoing success of Apex Legends.
Unfortunately, that seems to be just about all the details released as of right now. Little to no rumours have surfaced about a possible release date, but we’ll be sure to keep this post updated as more information becomes available to the public.