EA and Respawn Entertainment’s brand new battle royale game, Apex Legends, has only been available for a few days, but within the first 72 hours the game hit several milestones. Not only did the battle royale hit the 10 Million Player mark, but also reached concurrent player counts of over 1 million.
Respawn’s Vince Zampella left a message for fans on the Apex Legends blog, which reads:
In 72 hours, over 10 million players have jumped into Apex Legends and we’ve breached 1 million concurrent players!
This has been a truly incredible journey. We tested and tweaked. We argued and agreed. We got to a point where we felt some magic. We knew it would be risky to take the franchise in this direction, to go free to play, and do a surprise launch. But we fell in love with Apex Legends and wanted, needed, other people to play it too.
We hoped you’d love it as much as us, but never in our wildest dreams could we have expected the outpouring of support and positivity we’ve seen. From all of us at Respawn, thank you for giving us and Apex Legends a chance. Thank you for joining us on this journey. This is just the beginning! We have so much more in store for you this year.
See you in the arena!
Considering the battle royale market is relatively spoiled for choice with Fortnite, PlayerUnkown’s Battlegrounds, and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4‘s Blackout mode, the numbers are damn impressive. It will be interesting to see if Apex Legends can keep the popularity going once the novelty factor wears off.