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GamesIs Apex Legends the New Fortnite?

Words by Nathan Irvine

With over 10 million players in the first 72 hours, EA's surprise shooter is already reaching for Fortnite's gaming crown

Even if you’ve never played a single game of Fortnite, the free-to-play shooter from Epic Games, you’ve more than likely heard of it. The cultural phenomenon counts the likes of Drake, Stranger Thing’s Finn Wolfhard and pretty much every Premier League footballer under the age of 35 as fans.

Its unrivalled success has spawned a line of action figures, clothing and dance crazes. Fortnite even hosted a live concert, which was headlined, in-game, by superstar DJ Marshmello. That’s a big deal. But all that might be about to change.

 

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Epic Games A digital Marshmello

Much to the surprise of everyone, Apex Legend from EA Games (FIFA, Battlefield) launched on February 6. There wasn’t any build up to the game’s release, which is unheard of these days. No previews. No demo. No nothing. It was just there.

It racked up 10 million players in the first 72 hours. And at the time of writing it’s closing in on 15 million just under a week after launch. But why? Let us explain.

Battle Ready

Apex Legends includes the same Battle Royale mode – an ever-decreasing circle of play where gamers are forced into one final shoot-out to the death. It has the same cartoon style feel to the graphics. And the cast of characters are packed with personality. Just like Fortnite.

The differences between Apex Legends and Fortnite are key to its early success. For starters, there’s no building component in the young upstart, which means you can focus solely on the shooting. By removing this hurdle, the less dexterous among us can dive in and enjoy it straight away.

Crucially, Apex Legends weapons also feel incredibly impactful compared to Fortnite, which at times can feel like the equivalent of throwing gravel at an opponent.

 

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EA A new challenger has landed

Delve deeper into the technical side of things, Apex Legends is rumoured to have a ranked mode on the way. It layman’s terms, this means pitting people of matched skill against each other rather than dropping into a game and being blasted to bits by a pro immediately. Fortnite still doesn’t even have plans to include one.

It will take a lot to wrestle the crown away from Fortnite, especially since it has such a large following. But with simplified, yet exciting gameplay that caters to all, Apex Legends is its closest contender for years.

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