Apex Legends is a very free game - but not everyone is aware of that, so much so, some people have paid as much as $29.99 for a title they believed was Respawn's hit battle royale.
To be fair, Apex Legends is probably worth that figure, maybe more. But it's totally free and we love it that way; long may it continue.
But certain gamers have been buying a VR game called Apex Construct from Steam in an apparent case of mistaken identity. The game, which launched last March, has seen a 4000 percent hike in page views and has sold more copies in China in a week than it did for the whole of 2018.
Per Fast Travel Games communications manager Andreas Juliusson, various players searching for Apex Legends ended up buying Apex Construct instead, forking out the aforesaid sum as they had no idea that the former is a free-to-play game. Of course, that the logos are pretty similar was not very helpful.
"Just wanted to share a funny story with you, hope that's OK," Juliusson posted on Reddit. "As you are most likely aware, the free-to-play, Battle Royale game Apex Legends was released last week. Not only does the name resemble our own VR game Apex Construct, the logos are also strikingly similar (ours came first though!).
"Since the launch of Apex Legends on Feb 4, visits to our store page on Steam has increased with over 4000% - and Legends isn't even available on Steam at all, it's an EA Origin exclusive!
"What makes it even weirder is that we sold more units of Apex Construct in China the last seven days than during ALL of 2018 - apparently people are prepared to buy what they think is Apex Legends for $29.99, even though it's a free-to-play title... Most likely these units will be refunded, but our books look pretty good at the moment."
Sadly, though, Juliusson also noted that persons have been leaving negative reviews as they believe they've been scammed.
"We have received a lot of negative user reviews from Chinese buyers who feel they have been scammed, even though we have done nothing wrong!" he added. "Fortunately, the Steam Community team is looking into this right now. Somewhere, there are massive misunderstandings going on."
It really is a funny story.