We’ve known for awhile now that Apex Legends was going to make the jump to mobile devices, we just didn’t know when it would happen. Now, a statement from EA Games confirms that the mobile port will land on phones sometime during the fiscal year of 2021.
When it first launched back in February, Apex Legends hooked millions of gamers. Competing with heavy hitters such as PUBG and Fortnite, Apex Legends was still able to garner over 70 million players thanks to it's fluid gunplay. The game shows no signs of slowing down and is chugging along like a train barreling full steam ahead.
In a recent press conference, EA has stated that Apex Legends will be one of its “core” titles moving forward. The company will rely heavily on the title in the coming year, as no new Battlefield will be released. Part of this plan involves bringing the game to mobile devices, a platform that has been successful for its competitors.
The 2021 fiscal year begins on October 1, 2020 and ends on September 20, 2021. That’s quite the time-frame for a mobile release window, but any news is better than no news. Given the gravitas that comes with such a title, expect EA to wait until the game is as polished as can be before a launch—since they’ll be competing with established mobile ports of Fortnite and PUBG, the game can’t afford a rough start.
EA Games also plans to bring Apex Legends to next gen consoles when they are inevitably released. EA Chief Executive Andrew Wilson stated that, “With the Apex Legends community now growing pass 70 million players, we’re focused on expanding to new mobile platforms and new geographies, as well as launching an Apex competitive gaming program that we’ll share details on soon.”
The title is looking to expand to China, a market that offers over 1 billion potential players. The mobile gaming market is huge a huge industry there—expect the small screen version to pull in more cash than its PC/console counterpart.
No matter how you look at it, Apex Legends will be around for the foreseeable future. It has consistently shown that it can add exciting new content for its players, and by launching in new regions and landing on new devices, it’s future is looking pretty bright.