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.
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.