Just a few days ago no one even knew that Respawn was producing a new Battle Royale game and now news has broken that Apex Legends, Respawn’s newest hero-based battle royale game set in the Titanfall universe, has drawn over 10 million players, and has 1 million concurrent players, in a little over 72 hours.
Respawn’s CEO Vince Zampella took to Twitter to announce the news, including an emoji to show how mindblown he is over this news.
— Vince Zampella (@VinceZampella) February 7, 2019
Zampella then added on a blog post how Respawn knew it would be a huge risk to take the Titanfall franchise in a new direction, make it free-to-play, and do a surprise launch but the team fell in love with the game and “wanted, needed, other people to play it too.”
For a quick comparison, Fortnite which is arguably the biggest battle royale game right now, took two weeks to hit 10 million players.
Respawn first made news a few days ago with leaks that instead of Titanfall 3, they will be releasing a battle royale game set in the same universe and true enough a day or so later, Apex Legends was released. From there hype around the game started to build, with updates that the game will include microtransactions and a loot box mechanic called Apex Packs, much like Overwatch.
On its release, Apex Legends quickly hit 1 million players in little over eight hours, and 2.5 million players by the end of the day. With those that have played it heaping praises over the game, thus helping it to gain even more traction.
Apex Legends can be played on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.