Apex Legends Surpasses 50 Million Players | The Story Behind Apex Legends’ Impressive Popularity


by in Apex Legends | Mar, 8th 2019

It seems as though everyone keeps talking about Apex Legends, the brand-new battle royale game described as the “new Fortnite.” And rightfully so, if I may add!

Apex Legends’ popularity has skyrocketed ever since its release day, and it’s been constantly breaking records along the way. But what makes this battle royale game so popular? What sort of magic does it have to captivate millions of players all around the world? Is it all just a marketing trick, or is the game really that good?

Casual Mirage

Well, for starters, Apex Legends’ popularity definitely isn’t a product of an expensive marketing campaign. In fact, the game basically had no marketing campaign at first. There were just streamers that took it upon themselves to try out the game and tell the world whether they liked it or not. Whether or not they were incentivized by EA or Respawn Entertainment is not important at this point. What is important is its constantly growing player base that has taken Fortnite off the throne.

Apex Legends’ Popularity Surge | More Than 50 Million Players

Apex Legends managed to break the player records Fortnite had set in 2018. Here’s the deal — it took Fortnite 16 weeks to get to 50 million players; Apex Legends got to the 50-million mark in just four weeks. That’s a fact that speaks a lot on its own!

However, this opened a question that’s been on my mind a lot recently. Is this the maximum number of players Apex Legends will achieve, or will that number continue to grow further down the road? Remember, both Fortnite and PUBG have their mobile versions which have upped the player count by significant numbers.

Thus far, Apex Legends’ popularity has only been achieved through PC and console versions. Yes, there are some speculations that we might see Apex Legends on smartphones too, but that still seems like a distant probability, at best.

That being said, it will be interesting to see how the numbers develop in upcoming months. Fortnite still rules the battle royale throne as the game with the most concurrent players, but with such a rapid growth of Apex Legends’ popularity, I wouldn’t be surprised to see it surpass Epic Games’ golden egg in this aspect too.

Apex Legends’ Popularity | The Story Behind It

When talking about Apex Legends’ popularity, there are at least five aspects we have to take into consideration. These five aspects bear the utmost importance to the rapid growth of the game, further cementing it as the ultimate battle royale game of 2019.

So, without further ado, let’s inspect the story behind Apex Legends’ popularity!

Addictive Gameplay

First things first, Apex Legends has addictive gameplay! Sure, Fortnite, PUBG — heck, even COD Blackout — are all somewhat addictive in their own twisted ways. However, Apex Legends pushes the envelope here with the introduction of innovative respawn mechanics.

For those of you who still haven’t played the game, your teammates can bring you back from the dead even after the enemies finish you off.

At the time of writing this article, Epic Games has recognized the brilliance behind the respawn mechanic, so they’ve added it to Fortnite with the newest game update.

Apart from that, Apex Legends’ addictive gameplay is fundamentally different from other popular battle royale titles. They’re all, more or less, team-based shooters, but Apex Legends emphasizes team play more than anything else.

Additionally, it is also the only true first-person battle royale title out there. Yes, PUBG has an FPS mode, but the “feel” is drastically different than what’s offered by Apex Legends.

Team-Based Mechanics

One of the best innovations featured in Apex Legends is effective and intuitive team-based mechanics that can make or break your game in an instant. By this, I’m referring to the Jumpmaster and pinging systems which have been enjoying praises ever since the game’s release, and rightly so. AL’s intuitive ping system allows you to give all sorts of callouts (and even show loot locations) to your teammates without having to use your microphone. It’s simple, intuitive, and actually faster than conventional voice communication.

The Jumpmaster system is an interesting one, too. Whether you’re playing with your buddies or total strangers, this simple mechanism enables you to stick together until the landing. This way, the game minimizes the ability of stubborn players to try and go solo through the game.

That’s also something that makes Apex Legends stand out — one player has little to no chance of eliminating an entire team all by himself. Don’t get me wrong, it’s doable, but it’s really (REALLY) difficult.

Furthermore, Apex features a bunch of different characters you can play with. They all have different abilities, and choosing the right team composition can drastically increase your team’s chances of becoming the Apex Champions. More about this right down below!

Dynamic Environment and Legends

Another set of things that sets Apex Legends in front of all other battle royale titles are its Legends and dynamic in-game environment. Both of these factors are pretty huge, and we haven’t seen them with any other similar game up to this point. That said, let’s see what they’re all about!

First off, Apex Legends features a total of eight Legends that players can choose from before the start of the match. They all have the exact same movement speed, health, and access to all weapons, with the only differences being their respective abilities and hitboxes.

This puts an extra emphasis on team compositions, which is something you won’t find in any other battle royale game out there.

That’s because there are different classes of Legends in the game. Some of them have damage-dealing abilities, some of them have scouting, some defensive/utility, and one can even heal nearby teammates.

Choosing a great team composition is not of crucial importance for your success but can prove to be important come the late stages of the match.

Lastly, Apex Legends has introduced a dynamic environment which ought to be copied soon by its direct battle royale competitors. Instead of having “fixed” hotspots across the map, Apex features random-spawned “blue zones” and supply ships which fly around the map.

These are excellent places to get some high-tier loot right off the bat but are usually swamped with players, and it can get quite tricky to get out of them alive. Most of the time, you’ll end up dying within seconds.

On the bright side, if you do, chances are high you’ll have plenty of top-tier loot for upcoming PvP confrontations.

Esports Potential

Talking about team-based mechanics and dynamic environments, there is one more thing we shouldn’t forget here. It’s something that could prove to be significant for the long-term Apex Legends popularity. Of course, I am referring to the game’s esports potential, which has become a common talking point over the last couple of weeks.

Arguably, both PUBG and Fortnite failed (to a certain extent) in this department. They failed to find the perfect formula that could turn their successful competitive platforms into equally successful esports franchises. And it wasn’t for the lack of trying. Making a successful esports franchise out of a battle royale title is not as simple as most people think.

With such rapid growth in popularity of Respawn Entertainment’s new battle royale title, it’s safe to say we will see them test their luck in esports waters. Once again, it will be tricky; that’s for sure!

Click here if you want to read more about Apex Legends’ esports potential!

It’s Free to Play

Lastly, there is one more aspect to Apex Legends that has to be mentioned in this article. It’s probably the most important one as far as Apex Legends’ popularity is concerned.

As the title of this section suggests, I am talking about the fact that the game is free to play. In contrast to PUBG and COD Blackout, Apex Legends is available free of charge.

In contrast to those two battle royale specimens, both Apex Legends and Fortnite have a huge advantage thanks to their free-to-play systems. Sure, both of them have plenty of microtransactions to talk about, but they are fundamentally free to play for as long as you want.

Best of all, Apex Legends doesn’t even shove microtransactions in your face as Fortnite does. I’m not saying that it won’t at some point; I’m just saying that it hasn’t reached that point just yet.

The only drawback is the fact that you won’t have access to all eight Legends right off the bat. You’ll have access to “just” six of them, with the remaining two being locked. You can either purchase some in-game currency to unlock them, or you can grind for a bit and unlock them the good old-fashioned way.

The best approach, if you ask me, is to buy one of them and grind the other one. It won’t take you more than a week; you’ll need to reach level 23, and then you’ll be able to unlock the second one.

Wrapping Things Up

As you had the chance to see for yourselves, there are several notable reasons behind Apex Legends’ popularity surge. From the looks of things, Respawn Entertainment is going in the right direction, and as long as they don’t make the same silly mistakes as Epic Games (the creators of Fortnite), their battle royale title should keep its numbers up and running.

With all that in mind, if you still haven’t tried Apex Legends out, what the heck are you waiting for? It’s one of the most popular games of today, and you still haven’t played it… Are you for real? Do yourself a favor — find some buddies and download the game.

Once again, it’s free to play, so at least try it out, even if you’re not a fan of the whole battle royale genre. Apex Legends is vastly different from all popular BR games of 2018, and as such, it’s definitely worth trying out. You can thank me later!

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