MMO Week in Review: So Apex Legends happened

    
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The krogan, forever charging.
So the bad news is that the gaming industry is having some issues.

The good news is that it’s still apparently capable of pumping out brand-new online blockbusters.

Unfortunately, it will never, ever be good at naming them, and Apex Legends literally sounds like a guild put some random words together.

Read on to catch up with the very best of this week’s MMO news and opinions today as every Sunday in Massively Overpowered’s Week in Review!

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James Crow

Don’t like BR but tried bc of respawn, same reason I tried fortnite bc of epic.

But I left Fort after 2 days bc it was so boring.
Love what resp done with Apex and I think if they added some old school mode this game could be Epic 😉

I mean, give us TDM, CTF, maybe some small map without the need to pickup everything and we rly have a winner.

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Tobasco da Gama

Throw in Last Titan Standing while they’re at it.

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IronSalamander8 .

I played some Apex Legends with friends over the weekend. The gun play is solid, the movement and controls are excellent, it runs well and looks great but it’s still a battle royale so you spend 90% of the match trying to find weapons that aren’t crap before you find anyone. I just don’t find this style of game much fun to play, even with these positives.

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Armsbend

Crow’s suggestion above would be a nice one. Add all the modes.

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Karma_Mule

I’m happy for people who like Battle Royale games, but for someone like me who has no interest in the genre this makes me worried that this trend will just accelerate now that we have 3 wildly successful implementations of it.

On the positive side, I have such a backlog of games waiting to be played, and current faves that are endless bottomless pits of time-sucking fun (Hello, ESO….) that maybe it’s for the best the pace of games I’m interested in slows down!

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IronSalamander8 .

I hear you. I wanted to try BR games out but even Apex Legends here with its solid gameplay can’t overcome my disinterest in this game style and I love shooters done well.

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rafael12104

Here. I’m going to drop this link here because I love this remix and because sometimes I feel this best describes us and those like us. Heh.

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Alex Willis

Wow — that is high-quality stuff right there. Excellent interpretation.

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Xijit

BR & “Hero” based games are the top 2 new fads in the last few years, so I suppose it was destined to do well.

Still irritated that there are no Titans & then that plus how there is no wall running or double jumps makes me ask “how is this even a Titanfall title?”

… Then I remember “Brand Recognition” is something that moves units.

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Godnaz

    Respawn Entertainment:

We’ve got a great Battle Royal project going on in the back ground. We think it’s going to do well. Can we demo this out to a few streamers, get a small promotional budget to get the word out?

    EA Executive:

Are you out of your mind? Do you know how saturated and difficult it’ll be to get a foot in the door let alone get everyone to stop playing Fortnite to try your little project? No, absolutely not. Anthem is going to be vastly more popular and lucrative and that’s what we’re telling our to investors.

No advertising budget, no extra development resources. Infact, this Apex Masters thing will be free to play as Origin network testing fodder with no release press or fanfare. We effing told you, stay focused on Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. That’s where we’re going to make the money and that’s how you are going to keep your job, capeesh?

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Eliandal

Yeah, and all those pro streamers are playing out of the goodness of their hearts! There are a great many reasons to take swings at EA. A perfectly executed plan like this isn’t one.

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BDJ

They are playing it because they like it now. The paid sponsorships has been over for a few days now.

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Xijit

And it was pure happenstance that they launched it the day after Anthem’s Demo just ended and (for love or hate) half the gaming world has has been pumping “Electronic Arts” to the top of the search engine charts.

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Nate Woodard

Admittedly, I did this but quite by accident when I was looking at Blizzard’s stock plummet.

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rafael12104

I think you are both right. Genius not to jump into an ad war with Fortnite and PUBG. By going straight to streamers they had all the promotion they needed and they struck right at the heart of BR competition without warning.

But clearly, they barely put a toe in. It was easy to let Apex Legends swim or drown on its own because EA really is focused on other things. No ads means less risk. Think about it, if the streamers didn’t like it, it wouldn’t register long as Twitch and Mixer content providers and their audience would move on with very little commentary. They have plenty of games to choose from.

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Xijit

Time will tell if it pay out in the long term, but with the way it saved EA ass on the stock market I an sure the Suits at the top have already green lit 3 sequils.