Respawn’s new free-to-play battle royale title, Apex Legends, has now officially launched in style, reaching over one million unique players in the first eight hours of its release.
The game takes place in the Titanfall universe and was kept secret until it was ready to download and play. Although rumors were flying around at the weekend, after someone broke an embargo, the title wasn't officially confirmed until Monday.
In an interview with Eurogamer, Respawn addressed the radio silence stating that they wanted to 'let the game speak for itself’ and it certainly has.
The announcement of the one million unique player milestone was made by Respawn CEO Vince Zampella on Twitter.
I’m so overwhelmed right now, @PlayApex broke a million unique players in under 8 hours. ❤️❤️❤️— Vince Zampella (@VinceZampella) February 5, 2019
Thank you so much for showing up and being part of this with @Respawn you are amazing!! pic.twitter.com/lvNgfwwKhl
Sounding overwhelmed, Zampella went on to suggest that the already impressive number has now doubled overnight as more and more players begin to take a look and see what the fuss is about.
While social media is abuzz with gamers talking about Apex Legends the big surprise came from fellow battle royale game PUBG who took to Twitter to congratulate Respawn on their successful launch.
Apex Legends is said to take place around thirty years after the events of Titanfall 2 in a place known as the Outlands. Here twenty teams of three compete against each other for supremacy and loot. There are no titans, however, with players instead taking on the role of one of eight “legends”, each with a unique set of abilities.
The launch trailer gives us a little more information about some of the legends you can find in the game and what they are fighting for.
A clever mix of the battle royale and hero-based shooter genres, Apex Legends is the latest in an increasingly long line of free-to-play titles with purchasable in-game loot boxes. It is also said to follow the season model favored by many battle royale titles, with each season set to be three months long.
Time will tell as to how many players remain faithful to the game but right now it is certainly giving other popular battle royale titles something to worry about and gamers something new to try.
If you want to join the battle Apex Legends is now available on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
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