Apex Legends had over 2.5 million players in its first day

Isaac Cain
February 7, 2019

This was revealed by EA CEO Andrew Wilson during the publisher's latest earnings call.

What just happened? Apex Legends only launched a couple of days ago and is already seeing broad adoption. According to a statement from EA, these lower sales are a result of the company's "difficult window" regarding its launch, and "prioritizing the single-player campaign over battle royale". EA's recent sales of games like Battlefield did come in below expectations, and it's possible that the drop in EA stock was simply due to investors pulling out of gaming as a sector without discerning between those with more exposure to battle royale. PC users can play together with their PlayStation 4 or Xbox One friends, and the only cross-play which is not available is between the two consoles.

At the time of writing, Apex Legends has 232,000 viewers and is sitting at No.1 on Twitch.

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Fortunately, it sounds like more Titanfall related content is on the way. Given how EA has repeatedly said that this is a "premium" game, that rules out this being a small, indie-ish title. Granted, the fact that it is free-to-play coupled with the novelty of a new battle-royale title set in the Titanfall universe probably had many people wanting to at least check it out.

Brendan "PlayerUnknown" Greene is the creator of PUBG, a battle royale game which was one of the first to explode in popularity. We are now applying the strengths of our company to sharpen our execution and focus on delivering great new games and long-term live services for our players. Will you still play it even if it doesn't have walljumping and titans?

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