"Apex Legends" — a battle royale from Electronic Arts — has charged into the market and smashed "Fortnite" records for downloads and viewership since its release three weeks ago. Tyler "Ninja" Blevins and other streaming stars have powered that surge, as has the emergence of an 18-year-old "Apex" superstar. Esports teams are already scrambling to sign talented players and invest long-term, while others are raising concerns about overcommitting to the suddenly volatile battle royale genre.
Rumors of Fortnite's death have been greatly exaggerated. It happens every time a game becomes a global sensation: people develop this desire to declare the fad over when the truth of the matter is that any game capable of producing the amount of activity that Fortnite has tends to stick around for a long time, even if it inevitably peaks at some point. World of Warcraft is still a force to be reckoned with more than a decade later, Pokemon GO is having a resurgence, Candy Crush is invincible, etc. In the case of Fortnite, however, it may not even have peaked yet. The game recently set new records for concurrent users, developer Epic Games just announced.
Apex Legends is fun. It is deeply, unequivocally fun, and I say that as someone who, despite writing roughly 200 Fortnite guides over the past year, is generally not a fan of the battle royale genre overall. But everything Respawn has done here, mostly minor UI/usability tweaks paired with smooth, accessible but challenging combat, has taken Apex Legends to the next level. Best and Cheapest Apex Legends Apex Coins For Sale - Mmocs.com.
This news comes at a contentious time in the battle royale landscape. Earlier this month, Respawn Entertainment released Apex Legends out of nowhere. The game took everyone by surprise and soared to 10 million total players in just three days, a milestone that took Fortnite several weeks. Another metric that drew direct Fortnite comparisons were Twitch streaming numbers, which have had Apex Legends taking over Fortnite’s top spot for most of February.
As a pure action game, Apex is the superior experience. As anyone who played the Titanfall games can attest, the developers at Respawn are masters at making tight, fast, and approachable first-person shooters. And while it’s missing the mechs and wall running that made Titanfall so unique, Apex is still an incredible action experience. You can run and slide around the map with ease, and the guns all have a specific weight and force to them that just feels right. Even better, while Apex is focused entirely on team play, there are features in place that make it fun even if you’re playing with strangers.
Apex Legends, however, has a particularly aggressive pricing model and an overly complex economy. Now, players are starting to voice concern about how that model could eventually harm its longevity, as more revenue from microtransactions likely translates to a more robust development team, faster updates, and more support from EA.