Update: Apex Legends has hit another incredible milestone: more than 25 million registered players in its first week, with over two million concurrent players during peak hours in its first weekend. "From everyone here at Respawn, thank you," writes Respawn Entertainment CEO Vince Zampella in the official announcement. "The community's excitement for Apex Legends is electric, and we feel it here at the studio. We couldn't have gotten where we are without you and look forward to having you on this journey with us."
Zampella also teased the upcoming addition of limited-time cosmetics themed after Valentine's Day, and hyped up the start of Apex Legends Season One in March, which will also be the debut of the Apex Legends Battle Pass. In just a week, Apex Legends has fully established itself as a titan of the battle royale genre, and we can't wait to see what it does next.
Well, that escalated quickly. Apex Legends, the game that we didn't even know existed one week ago, has already accumulated 10 million registered players across PC, PS4, and Xbox One, just 72 hours after it launched on February 4. Respawn Entertainment's free to play battle royale game also reached 1 million concurrent players over the week, as announced in a celebratory post by publisher Electronic Arts, and this is just the beginning.
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This is quite the milestone for Apex Legends, especially as it took Fortnite: Battle Royale two weeks to hit that same 10 million registered players threshold though, admittedly, Apex owes much of its success to the battle royale fever that Fortnite is responsible for generating in the first place.
Still, Epic Games must be looking on with mild concern as Apex Legends continues to rise through the hierarchy of battle royale games all fighting for players' attention right now, though Fortnite doesn't have too much to worry about. The cultural phenomenon recently just achieved another personal milestone itself, securing over 10 million concurrent players during its Marshmello concert over the weekend.
The easy truth is that there's room for more than one battle royale game in town, and both Apex and Fortnite are targeting different audiences of varying age demographics and interests, so this comparison shouldn't be taken too seriously. Judging by the adorable Twitter exchange between Apex Legends and PUBG's Brendan Greene, battle royale's competing titans aren't too worried about it either.
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