Apex Legends is celebrating one month since its release today, and what a month it’s been. Vince Zampella, CEO of Respawn Entertainment, took to Twitter to show fans this short video, which celebrates their achievements.
Thank you to the 50 million players that have shown up in the first month since Apex Legends launched! You have all made this something special and there's much more to come! pic.twitter.com/EoDcjF5q9E— Vince Zampella (@VinceZampella) March 4, 2019
Streamers young and old are shown competing in the short montage. The statistics are interesting as well, collecting together many figures that are unique to the game. From finishers used (158 million) through ultimate abilities activated (1.23 billion) to pings placed (31 billion), each statistic gives a small insight into how people are playing Apex Legends.
Rounding off the video are some images that appear to be fan art, which is a nice touch that showcases how the game has captured the hearts of fans across the globe.
The free-to-play battle royale, set in the Titanfall universe, was launched at the beginning of February. Only a handful of influencers had seen the game before launch and no one saw it coming, well except that one guy on Reddit...
Apex Legends has been a huge success, thanks in part to its unique take on the genre. It combines elements of hero shooters, such as Overwatch, with traditional battle royale elements. Alongside these is a new twist in the form of the respawn ability, which according to the video, has been used 170 million times. Apex Legends also features a ping system, an idea so popular that it’s already been rolled out in battle royale rival Fortnite.
The combination has been incredibly popular with gamers of all ages, and the game now boasts over 50 million players in its first month, a total that took Fortnite almost four times as long to hit.
Respawn isn't just kicking back and basking in its success, either. Since its launch, Apex has already received a new weapon as well as an esports tournament and is set to get new legends and a battle pass system in the upcoming months. Respawn has also promised to look into hitbox complaints from players.
It remains to be seen if Apex Legends can keep up the pace, but this first month has been nothing short of record-breaking.
Apex Legends is available for free for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One now.