The new battle royale Apex Legends is already a hit on Xbox One, PS4, and PC but now the game is entering a whole new market space with a whole new platform. The EA CEO Andrew Wilson told that the company is looking for all potential ways to introduce Apex Legends to the mobile platform. According to a recent investors call, Andrew quoted, “as I said earlier, we are looking at how to take the game to mobile and cross-play over time, and I also expect that this game will have tremendous value in Asia, and we’re in conversations about that.”
Korea is another major market for games and Andrew pointed out that EA is self-publishing the popular battle royale there. “The game offers an opportunity for us to build a direct connection with our players there, and we hope to be able to leverage this for other games,” Wilson said. However, there is not an actual release date confirmed by the company. But there are speculations that it will come between September 2019 to November 2019.
If we talk about present stats, Apex Legends is available on Microsoft Xbox One consoles, Sony PlayStation 4 consoles, and PCs. But it’s interesting to see that its biggest competitions Fortnite and PUBG are already available on iOS as well as Android. We can consider it a good start for Apex Legends on the consoles but it will take a long time to get where its biggest rivals are on the mobile platform. According to a November 2018 report from Statista, Fortnite has a 200 million user base and a September 2018 report revealed that PUBG clocked 20 million daily active users.
Only time will tell how Apex Legends is planning against the PUBG and Fortnite. We think it has the elements to be a popular game and it will get immensely famous if the company launches the mobile version of the battle royale.
PUBG Mobile Banned in China
In related news, one of the biggest setbacks for Tencent came a day ago when China banned PUBG Mobile on the grounds of violence. The Online Gaming Ethics Review Committee of China banned the game after it failed as per regulations. However, Tencent quickly recovered the problem by launching a more Government-friendly game called ‘Game for Peace’. After India, Nepal, and Iraq, China has become the fourth nation to ban PUBG. While many other authorities reversed their ban on PUBG after reviewing, let’s see if China goes the same way or not.