Apex Legends continues to grow, reaching 10 million players in 72 hours

    
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Newly released battle royale title Apex Legends announced the other day that it had amassed 2.5 million players and hit 600,000 concurrent players within the first 24 hours of its release, but it doesn’t look like the game has hit its apex just yet. Respawn Entertainment has announced that as of yesterday, a mere three days after launch, over 10 million players have joined the fray, and the game’s concurrent player count has breached one million.

Needless to say, the folks at Respawn are pretty chuffed with the game’s performance, especially considering that it was released with so little fanfare to drum up excitement. Vince Zampella, the studio’s CEO, gushed enthusiastically over the news, writing, “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,” and adding, “This is just the beginning! We have so much more in store for you this year.” Whatever the studio’s got planned, it certainly looks like it’s got a bright future ahead.

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Tizmah

Just never cared for these RNG heavy shooters. But I understand game companies want everyone to feel like a winner these days and gamers eat up that illusion of skill.

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rafael12104

A quick check on Twitch right now: 346k viewers, Shroud has 100k by himself.

*shakes head* 100k! He is going to make more tonight than most streamers make in a year. Seriously. And in the few minutes I watched, he won his match raked in 100+ new subs, and popped a couple of ads. Heh.

The reason? Apex Legends is a good BR game. It isn’t just a gimmick or a clone. It is adding to the genre with real innovation: Classes, special abilities, and the best of other BR games and Overwatch. Apex took what they learned form Titanfall/Titanfall 2 and threw it in the mix as well.

The game makes that Ashes BR nonsense look like a scuff grade school paper mache project.

*shrug*

PUBG and Fortnite aren’t going away, but there is a new player and it will significantly impact the landscape if EA doesn’t screw it up.

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rafael12104

Check it out.

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PurpleCopper

PUBG and Fortnite are safe. Fortnite because… Well, it’s Fortnite. PUBG has the tactical realistic niche locked down, even though that game is bleeding players.

Apex Legends real threat is towards Black Ops 4 Blackout. Activision just stopped caring about meaningful updates for Blackout and now Blackout is in real trouble.

But then again Activision already has your 60 bucks, so I’m sure Activision isn’t losing any sleep over this.

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Hikari Kenzaki

EA actually plans to use the BR mode of CoD 5 to fight BO4. This kinda came out of nowhere. Wasn’t even mentioned in their financials.

Which could be very good or very bad long term.

It’s a fun game. I still suck at it :)

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Sorenthaz

Good. Epic needs a wake up call.

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Greaterdivinity

What do you mean? They’ve still been supporting Fortnite well and doing “exciting” things (quotes because I don’t find them exciting, but it appears the playerbase does). They just had an in-game concert (like PSO2!) with something like 10M global players showing up to boogy. Even if it’s not “new” it’s still something different than usual.

I’ve little love for Forkknife, but I’m not sure why Epic would be viewed as “asleep” with their support of it.

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PurpleCopper

I’m still skeptical on how they’re going to make money off of the cosmetics. Fortnite has MASSIVE amounts of cosmetics to buy, plus it’s also in third-person view so that you can admire your backpack pets. Even Overwatch has much cooler cosmetics.

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Greaterdivinity

Hasn’t hurt OW’s revenue (at least in the shorter term) and it’s similarly first person.

Gun skins, man, gun skins. That shit sells like hotcakes in CS:GO (and other games) and it’ll likely still be desirable in AL.

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Wilhelm Arcturus

Meanwhile, somebody at Daybreak is wandering the halls and resentfully muttering about all these people coming in and stealing their market.

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Arktouros

Planetside Arena going to look ancient by comparison now.

Such is the fate when you play the game of FOTM.

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laelgon

I thought I disliked the Battle Royale genre. Turns out that I do like them when they aren’t poorly made early access cash grabs.

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PanagiotisLial1

I normally dont have problem with this. There should be mmos for everyone, including BR/MOBA fans, but knowing how mmo market works, as soon as they see that success everyone will turn into making BRs trying to emulate its success and MMORPGs fans will just wait as they their favorite and/or backed games/IPs turn to BR market

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Armsbend

Well look how long they take to put together – months not years. Really, why wouldn’t you just toss your hat in the ring to see what happens?

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PanagiotisLial1

Hard to compare, BRs need less time to make and when there is a big company behind there are more “working hands” working to get the game out faster. The last is also how fast they want it out

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hooray, I guess? I find it hard to get excited / care about Battle Royale. Great for people who enjoy them, just super not my cup o’ tea.

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Akagi

Me too, I hate Battle Shityale, it’s the dumbest fad yet.

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Veldan

Good games aren’t a fad. I’m sorry you are unable to appreciate them.

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Akagi

Actually, they are. You can’t possibly imagine how many people play games only because they’re popular and because other people are doing it. Consider it a variation of peer pressure. Those big Twitch streamers are a reason why many people, mostly kids play these Battle Shityale games.

In Korea, many students pay for private lessons for games (when I read the article, it was about League of Legends), because they’re too busy with school and extracurricular activities that they don’t have time to sit down on their own and learn the games by playing for fun, so they pay for private lesson so when they talk with their peers, they will appear knowledgeable and their peers don’t make fun of them, because they don’t know anything about the game.

I have a friend who is affected by the popularity of things, he believes that things that are popular are automatically good, he has an old laptop and he said that if he had a better laptop/PC, he would play Fortnite and PUBG. If Battle Shityale suddenly becomes unpopular for whatever reason, his opinion will change too… There are more people like that than you can imagine.

I have an unpopular opinion on about 60% of topics and I stand by it despite a very small portion of people agreeing with me. So when I say Battle Shityale is a dumb fad, by far the dumbest type of game mode to ever exist, not many people will agree with me, but hey, I will provide my reasoning:

– it has no goal, no objective – you just fall from the sky, touch down, look for shit in abandoned buildings, then go look for other idiots like yourself to shoot at
– it requires no skill, no training – since it’s based on RNG, skills don’t matter as much
– it is utterly simplistic and pointless – map design is just a randomly generated open world with houses put here and there, there is no risk of creating imbalance since everything is so painfully random
– it is based on RNG – it doesn’t matter where you fall, because each time what you find in buildings will be random

On the other hand, some more classical game modes like Bomb Planting/Defusal or Payload Escort:

– they have a clear and defined goal
– they require skill and knowledge with weapons/characters/skills
– they require knowing the map and its kinks pretty well
– it is balanced so each side has equal chances (or at least attempts were made with cheap F2P games)
– it definitely has no RNG whatsoever – players are spawned in designated areas, every event or situation that could occur is foreseeable

So, as you see, Battle Shityale takes the mechanics of shooter games (FPS/TPS) and employs them in the most idiotic and dumbed-down game mode known to mankind. It’s so stupid that it’s insulting to everyone’s intelligence, it’s just that a large portion of them don’t even realize it.

A classic FPS game with real objective modes like Bomb Defusal, Escort, Capture the Flag, Team Deathmatch will always be a more preferred (if not the only) choice for me. It doesn’t have to be like Counter-Strike, which hasn’t evolved at all for 20 years. You can add characters with skills, weapon customization, armor customization, maps with more verticality, jetpacks… there are so many ways to spice this up, but following that dumb ass Battle Shityale fad is something that’s harmful to both gaming and people’s intelligence.

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Veldan

I don’t care? The fact that some people hop to what is popular does not take away from something being a good game. Looks like you’re simply unable to comprehend that people can like something you don’t like.

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Akagi

What I don’t understand is how there is suddenly a high demand for something, which before its inception was never demanded.

It’s like those mythology stories how people were living in darkness and Prometheus gave them light or some shit like that and after that they were all blessed and lived happily ever after…

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Sana Tan

Yep I tried to like it but I’m more of a teamwork kinda games with roles and objectives. Just surviving becomes pretty boring soon.

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Arktouros

Yes, it was so unpredictable for this overwhelming public response, it’s almost like we bought out what would be our most heaviest critics (Streamers) as sponsors for our game so they’d have nothing but positive things to say! Totally unexpected!

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Bree Royce

Worked for Fortnite. All games of significant means are gonna keep doing this for maximum saturation, and gamers are going to keep falling for it.

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IronSalamander8 .

Pretty much. I don’t watch any streamers but I did watch Angry Joe and Jim Sterling’s take on it and they were positive enough for me to give it a look. My core online friend group is 3 of us consistently so the 3 person team is a perfect fit as well. I can try it free so if I hate it it’s no big loss. I think the teams will help as my one foray in Fortnite BR was horrendous, but won’t know for sure till I get some actual games in, at least the controls are pretty solid.

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Andy McAdams

Does that mean I’m immune because I don’t really watch streamers?

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Greaterdivinity

It’s less that they’d be the “heaviest critics” (I’m struggling to think of the last time one of these BR streamers actually “critiqued” anything) and more that this is simply influencer marketing 101. Traditional media doesn’t reach the core BR audience (they reach much of it though), those folks are on Twitch watching the Fortnite streamers. Buy them up for a few days to play your game (standard practice) and bring in that sweet audience that comes with.

Still solid as hell numbers for them though, especially without any pre-launch ramp-up.

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Arktouros

Man I dunno. Biggest thing I remember from Dr Disrespect was his dislike of Fortnite. Similar with Summit as well.

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rafael12104

Yeah, but they were in there playing at the start and didn’t bash it until after the hype.

Doc played Fortnite just a few weeks ago in fact followed by a rant.

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Utakata

Read that as Aphex Twin Legends somehow… o.O

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Greaterdivinity

Now THERE’S a game i’d like to play.