Apex Legends grows to 25 million players, announces exclusive Valentine’s Day loot

    
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It wouldn’t have been unreasonable to think that Apex Legends had hit its stride a few days ago when it announced that it had reached 10 million players (and one million concurrent players) just 72 hours after its release. Somehow, though, its meteoric rise has continued, reaching a staggering 25 million players with a peak of 2 million concurrent players according to the latest announcement from Respawn Entertainment CEO Vince Zampella.

As the game’s popularity has continued to increase, the devs have been keeping a close eye on the community and listening to player feedback and suggestions, Zampella says. Although the studio isn’t quite ready to announce what it’s got planned for the surprise-hit battle royale title, Zampella promises that it is “looking at changes based on player feedback and experiences.”

In addition, the first of Apex Legends’s official events are set to roll out soon, with the Twitch Rivals Apex Legends Challenge taking place today, February 12th, as well as next Tuesday, February 19th. In addition, the game will be celebrating Valentine’s Day with some “limited-time Valentine’s Day themed loot” prior to the commencement of the game’s first official season in March. While we’ll have to wait to see what else lies over the horizon for Apex Legends, it certainly seems like we can expect big things in the game’s future.

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I’m just weary that after a month passes or after the Apex Legends tournament is done (and the streamers move on), will this game still have high numbers?

I remember when Realm Royale came out, it had high numbers (and alot of tournaments with streamers participating), but then a month later it was just a small fraction of it’s size.

But surprisingly Realm Royale population seems to be growing (console RR is still 50x bigger than PC RR).

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Armsbend

Compared to Infinity Ward – Epic and Hi Rez are absolute chumps in map creation, hit detection, graphics and all around gameplay. I think it will stick around. Millions don’t want to play cartoony build races. No one played Realm Royale because it just wasn’t any good.

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Morgan

Yeah I feel like its hit a real sweet spot: its free to play, its come out when battle raoyale players might be looking for something new, its out before Battlefield and Planetside Arena hit. Its a solid game too; seems to be a little buggy connection wise in the menu screen but thats all ive got to complain about.

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Blake

I’m completely shocked how much I’m enjoying this game. I yawned at PUBG and Fornite (no way, no thanks on that one), but given the Titanfall background of the devs I figured meh why not. I’ve played every night with a buddy of mine and recently we added a third to our group from our MMO guild(s).

They’ve nailed what makes a fun shooter, the feel and movement is just great and the way they implemented the ping system is downright revolutionary. Yes other games have had ping systems for years now, but the depth and ease of this system blows any other out of the water. I’m betting a lot of games are deep diving on it now and figuring out their version of it — heck the Anthem team is doing it already.

I’m curious what this Valentines day event will be, as well as what exactly March brings us in terms of the Battle Pass. For a free-to-play game this is just amazing. I’m hoping the Battle Pass is worthwhile as I wouldn’t mind supporting the team with some cash — I’m not a loot box purchaser.

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Bullet Teeth

Welcome to Shithead News. I’m your host, Dick Fuckson.

Today’s headline: A Free-2-Play game has actually done what BO4 and BF5 combined couldn’t do. And all without sacrificing the integrity of their publishers and terrible monetization practices.

Apparently all you needed was good gameplay and not charge people $60 for a half-assed product.

In other news, Georgia is a State in the USA, and Tanks are heavy.

Tune in tonight at 11 for more coverage.

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latorn

I’ve really gotta get around to trying this before formulating an opinion and posting it all over the internet.

I’ve heard nothing but good things about the game, while (as usual) most of the “haters” haven’t even tried it.

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Morgan

To all those people wondering if they should download and give it a go; YES, yes you should if you like FPS. I had never tried a Battle Royale before but this one wasnt much of a download and I do like FPS so I gave it a shot. And I had fun its great cooperating with your “squad”, getting to know the map, and the mechanics are smooth. If you are lucky/skillfull enough to get to the final circles its really tense too.

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Greaterdivinity

I still haven’t tried it yet. I know it’s silly but I know I’ll suck and I just don’t want to “ruin” the experience for my teammates. Supposedly there’s solo/duo queue coming, once that’s live I’ll likely give it a spin. And hopefully they’ll have some nice improvements over the current (apparently good) game by then.

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rafael12104

I’d like a bot mode so you can get in there and get familiar with the game and different classes solo. A practice area.

The AI doesn’t have to be great. Just good enough to allow you to understand the game mechanics.

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Morgan

It has a trial area you can practice in if that helps. Weapons, targets and any champion you like.

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rafael12104

Oh sure! How do you get in there after you had completed what they call the tutorial. I’d love just to run around and get used to things.

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Morgan

Okay sorry my bad it was the tutorial area. I am going to have to get on the Apex forums and post this as a reccomendation. Seems to be a thread already open @ “Training mode need an improvement”

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Eboni

I said the same. People keep telling me to just get on anyway since the game just came out and everyone is basically a newb. I tried with some other non-fps shooter friends and its fun to laugh at how bad we suck at the game.

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rafael12104

Tell you what, if there is enough interest, we can get a little MOP group of newbs together and go in there. I’m up for it sometime next week!

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rafael12104

What can you say? We’ve talked about it. The numbers will continue to rise for a time. The nuance isn’t wearing off as fast as other BR games, but it will wear off.

The thing that is going to keep it going longer is the innovation. They really did their homework. QoL stuff, for example: The ability to mark any object so teammates can see them on their HUD, reviving dead teammates saving your squad, Ult abilities that are situational and relevant.

EA is lucky. There is no way they expected this.

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Eboni

It’s funny. I heard about it and brushed it off thinking that it was just another BR. Until I read some of the Overwatch comparisons. I’m digging that everyone has a different specialty and seems like it would make for some fun gameplay.

BUT, I still don’t get BRs. I downloaded it and made it to the 2nd team left simply because we were either good at hiding or extremely lucky that no one found us. It was also kinda boring until the fight at the end.

I wish I got BRs and was good at them. Looks like there’s decent money in it. Top fortnite players got paid to play the game. Twitch has a big competition going on. And there’s a new player: Dlive. They are giving out prizes to people who rake up more kills that the winner of Twitch Rivals.

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BDJ

Its a game that has been played forever. Its King of the Mountain / Hill or Hunger Games. I refuse to try any BRs. Maybe, maaaaaaaaaaaaaybe if this had mechs like Titanfall I would have given it a go. Thats a huge maybe though. I hate the BR gameplay loop. How many games can release that have loot on the ground where only 2-3 items are used, a shrinking circle, revives when players get downed, and a victor with no rewards?

Its worse than the WoW copy cats at this point.

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Godnaz

Please post a readers poll. How many of us are playing Apex Legends? I’m curious to know.

– Been playing since the first day.
– Just got into after hearing about all the hype.
– Installed and tried it but haven’t put much time into it.
– Installed it but found it really wasn’t for me.
– Haven’t played it but intend to give it a try.
– Have no desire to play Battle Royal games of this type.
– I like it when I get thumbs up from Bree.

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rafael12104

Heh. This would be interesting. Oh and don’t’ forget

-Elf butts

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IronSalamander8 .

Played it some. I think it’s got a solid core mechanic-shooting and moving are great, it looks and runs well, but BR is such a tedious game style, I can’t see myself playing it much. Glad I didn’t spend a dime on it.

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BraxKedren

I’ve been wondering if I should jump into this game and try it out. Don’t really know much about it. figured it was just another Fortnite which I didn’t get into.
Maybe I should download and give it a shot.

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Loopy

That’s impressive. Looking at Twitch numbers, Apex is now 3 times bigger than Fortnite in terms of viewers. Majority of Overwatch streamers that i follow also switched over, and very few have negative things to say about the game.

If i could be a fly in Epic’s offices right now.

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Armsbend

You wouldn’t be able to hear them over the money counters.

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rafael12104

So it is 10 am here in Austin. 317k viewers watching Apex streams right now with some streamers preparing for the Twitch Rivals tournament today.

Guess where Epic’s boy Ninja will playing and has been playing almost exclusively? Apex, of course.

Meanwhile, Shroud is pulling over 100k viewers every evening.

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Tobasco da Gama

What I want to know is how much EA spent on paying Twitch streamers to cover the game in those first few days. That’s how these things are done these days. Traditional marketing just doesn’t count for much any more, but paid influencers can clearly do a LOT for a new game.

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Xijit

No where near as much as Tencent paid for them to play Fortnite for months.