Where Is Apex Legends Mobile?
Respawn Entertainment has created one of the best and most popular battle royale games of all time with Apex Legends. The PS4, Xbox One, and PC game is an excellent entry into the ever-growing battle royale space, but there is one question on our minds about it: where is the Apex Legends mobile release?
After hearing so much about the possibility and likelihood of an Apex Legends mobile release, we still haven’t heard much about it, including when we would see it come out on Android and iOS devices. This is a puzzling scenario that has some strange circumstances surrounding it.
Apex Legends on Mobile Still Hasn’t Been Officially Announced
For starters, there is the fact that the Apex Legends mobile release was never officially confirmed to be happening, at least at the time of writing this blog post. There hasn’t been an announcement in a blog or trailer or event to reveal that the game will happen.
Much of the information we have about the mobile version of the game is based on either pure speculation or one-off comments from EA executives in meetings like investor calls. These bits of information are hard to verify as the truth as we haven’t seen any physical evidence of a mobile port yet.
With no official announcement, it is hard to tell if the game will come out on iOS and Android devices. For this purpose, I will go over whether there will be an Apex Legends mobile release in this post.
Also, I will speculate on when I think the release of this mobile version will happen for users and where the port will release in the world. There is a lot to get into about this strange situation, so let’s get started without further ado.
Is There Going to Be an Apex Legends Mobile Release?
Before we go any further, is there going to be an Apex Legends mobile release? That is the first question to answer, or else everything else will be hard to go over. Technically, we already have the answer to this question, but it depends on how you look at it.
On two separate occasions, we have heard one-off comments from EA employees who claim that a mobile port of Apex Legends is in the works, but, as I mentioned earlier, there hasn’t been an official press release or announcement trailer that went out regardless.
So, in many ways, it is as if the mobile port hasn’t been officially announced, but the comments that we have for it confirm its existence. As such, there is no doubt in my mind that the game will come out on mobile devices at some point, presumably, for both Android and iOS.
The first comment that we received teasing its existence was the idea that there would be a mobile port of the battle royale game to expand the community to the massive Chinese gaming market. Free to play games work well there, so a free mobile port makes sense.
But that initial comment that it was explored for a Chinese release made it seem like that wouldn’t be released elsewhere in the world (more on that in a bit). On the other hand, the second comment was more recently and gave us even more confirmation it exists.
EA CEO Andrew Wilson himself confirmed it as much in the most recent earnings call for the massive gaming publisher. When speaking to publishers, Wilson confirmed that the mobile port is on the way and gave us a glimpse at when we will see it release in the future.
This confirms the mobile port’s existence for the game. The problem is that this was done in an investors call rather than an official announcement. There are teases and unannounced games revealed fairly often in investors’ calls and are typically true.
However, because there is no official press release or trailer or anything like that to accompany this one-off comment, we aren’t going to take it to mean that the mobile port won’t run into any issues. After all, I believe that there are some reasons we haven’t heard about it up until this point.
Why We Probably Haven’t Heard Much About It
To be clear, I think that the Apex Legends mobile release will happen at some point, but the fact that EA and Respawn alike have been all but radio silent on the matter is somewhat odd. For the record, Apex Legends recently released on Steam when Season 7 dropped.
This isn’t the only other new platform that the game is coming to. We know that there will be next-gen ports of the battle royale game in the future and a Nintendo Switch version, scheduled to come out next year.
That is why it makes it so odd that the game’s mobile release hasn’t been as open and transparent as those other versions officially announced in a formal setting. This tells us a couple of things about why the mobile version of the game might be somewhat secretive at this time.
First and foremost, there is the fact of the other platforms that Apex Legends is coming to. There could be a hierarchy in the development cycle of which ports get first dibs and priority in the list of countless things that Respawn and supporting teams are working on.
Steam and the Nintendo Switch were the main focuses for a while, but problems have led to the Switch version being pushed back. It was probably going to launch with the Steam port initially, but changes had to be made for the issues that it now has.
So, the Steam version had the priority in the end and was released first. If something is more imminent, that port will focus on more heavily as opposed to the other versions that are further down the list. After the Steam version, it is clear that the Switch version is next.
In addition to that, there is the subject of the next-gen ports on PS5 and Xbox Series X/S. The game will run on them as soon as they launch (they are likely already out by the time you read this), but there is only one major upgrade you will get at the launch of the new hardware.
Next year, Respawn Entertainment will release a more substantial next-gen update that will make full use of the new systems and the power they have. That is likely going to be the second priority after the Switch version.
As such, any focus on a mobile port will likely come after both of those. We haven’t heard much because there are other priorities at this time. The mobile version possibly has run into some trouble in development, much like the Switch port.
If the Nintendo Switch version of the game runs into unexpected issues as a dedicated gaming console, it wouldn’t be surprising if the same happened for Android and iOS devices. These problems could likely be why we haven’t heard much about the mobile port at all.
When Will That Release Be?
This then brings up the question of when that release will be. This part is a little bit easier to answer than you might expect. In Wilson’s statements, the mobile version of the game is scheduled to release in the next fiscal year, otherwise known as fiscal year 2022.
That sounds like a long time but what it boils down to is that the game will come out sometime after March 2021 but before the end of the fiscal year in March 2022. That is a year-long gap that could mean that the game will come out next year or early 2022, barring any more unforeseen development issues.
But Wilson went even further than that, noting that the development on the mobile version of the game will be completed in the new year. The actual phrasing of the “new year” could indicate early 2021.
That would make the game’s release more on the earlier side of the fiscal year rather than later on. But the thing about game development is that there are issues that pop up, especially after the pandemic year that we have had.
It wouldn’t be surprising at all if the mobile release is pushed back some. If I were to give my guess about the matter, I would say that we wouldn’t see a release until summer 2021 at the earliest, with that time being the most likely, along with the fall of 2021. I think any time before or after that is too soon or too late to make sense.
Will It Come to the West?
Though we know that the game is coming out soon, there is a problem with this matter. We don’t technically know that it is coming to the West or even in Asia outside of China. Out of the two comments that we have had, only one of them mentioned regions and the focus seemed to be on China.
As for Wilson’s comments recently, the problem with that is that it was directed towards investors who are there for the profits, so the location that a game comes out means little to them unless it means that profits will be involved.
I do think that Apex Legends will release around the world, much like with Fortnite and PUBG Mobile, but that it could be a situation where it lands in certain territories first and then comes to others later on. But I do think that it will eventually release everywhere on iOS and Android.
If I were an investor, I wondered why a game is only releasing in one country or region and not the whole world, as that is potentially missed revenue that we could be bringing in. This alone should be enough to ensure that we will see Apex Legends on mobile everywhere soon enough.
How to Play Apex Legends on Mobile Right Now
Though the wait for Apex Legends on mobile seems rather far away, it isn’t too far for some users. You can play Apex Legends on mobile right now if that is what you are itching to do. The only way to do it is through streaming the game onto your mobile device.
This is done through various game streaming apps that take the PC (or console) version of the game and stream it to your phone. Apex Legends has several options. We will focus on the ones that have to do with not having to own any real PC hardware at all.
There is Rainway that lets you connect to Steam and other services to play your games on mobile. You can connect to Steam and pull up your account to play Apex Legends; make sure you have a Steam account ready.
Nvidia GeForce is available only on Android currently but could be coming to iOS soon. And lastly, there is the Shadow streaming service that we always gush about, but it gives you a full PC in the palm of your hands to do anything you’d like, including downloading and playing the PC version of Apex Legends.