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Apex Legends on Steam hits huge player count after Season 7 launch

Published: 7/Nov/2020 17:25

by Julian Young

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With the release of its seventh season, Apex Legends made its highly-anticipated debut on Steam. After the Season 7 release on November 4, the Apex player population on Steam has skyrocketed to all-time peak of over 110,000 players.

Announced earlier this year, Apex Legends officially released on Steam with the launch of Season 7: Ascension. With a brand-new map and Legend for players to enjoy, the popular Battle Royale can now be played on the platform of choice for many PC gamers.

Players can carry over all current progress and unlocks from their Origin account, in addition to enjoying the benefit of crossplay with Steam users if they continue using EA’s launcher.

While the release of Apex Legends on Steam has been highly-anticipated from the moment it was announced, the game’s statistics on Steam DB make it clear just how popular Respawn’s BR has become.

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Apex Legends has exploded on Steam, becoming the platform’s 5th most-played game.

Apex Legends Steam player count

Respawn’s BR has enjoyed substantial growth since its release in early 2018. The developer has cited figures like 50 million players just one month after the game’s release, highlighting the BR’s popularity.

With the release of Season 7 on both Origin and Steam, Respawn once again expanded the game’s reach and provided new avenues of engagement for players. Information obtained after the game’s release on its new platform shows that the BR’s popularity has not slowed down.

As of November 7, Apex Legends reached an all-time peak in players on Steam of just over 113k. That number pushes Apex into the top-five games on Steam in terms of current players. A player population of this size puts Respawn’s title in the company of other Steam giants such as CS:GO, Rainbow Six: Siege, and Team Fortress 2.

Steam player count statistics
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Apex Legends has already hit a peak of over 100,000 concurrent players on Steam.

Building on the success of Season 7

While Season 7 of Apex Legends has been out less than a week, Respawn already has plans to expand their flagship title into new spaces.

EA said that the Season 7 launch day was the biggest launch day of any season of the game.

While its release has been delayed, Apex Legends will be playable on the Nintendo Switch in the future. In addition to the game’s mobile release, Respawn has also confirmed they are still exploring options for console cross-progression, which has been a hot topic in the game’s community since the Steam release announcement.

Already a top competitor in the BR space, Apex Legends has once again shown its popularity with the success of its Steam release. Players who jump into the game on Steam can claim an exclusive set of gun charms, available for a limited time.

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Respawn Senior Game Designer wants more “non-BR” modes in Apex Legends

Published: 28/Nov/2020 22:31

by Alan Bernal

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Respawn Senior Game Designer Daniel Z. Klein is a big fan of Apex Legends’ non-BR modes, and would want the studio to experiment with a few more concepts after seeing how successful the Winter Express has been.

Admittedly, Klein isn’t a part of the game modes team at Respawn, but the senior developer gave his preference on which direction the battle royale could take from here. Previous modes like Hunt and the Winter Express tweaked Apex’s typical formula, giving players something different to get their hands on.

The team at Respawn has proven they can make modes that don’t feed into the normal BR format but still create products that resonate with their players. Klein would like to see more of this out of Apex in the following seasons, though has said there’s not much to reveal on that front as of yet.

“I really want us to try more non-BR things; I think Winter Express was a wonderful proof of concept that Apex can be super fun in non-BR modes,” he said on Reddit. “I think something Mario Party-like, like (League of Legends’) Nexus Blitz, would probably be a bit too much for a game like Apex, but there are LOTS of cool things we could do.”

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He isn’t wrong on that final point. Aside from being a solid battle royale in the bustling genre, Apex Legends has something unique that not many games can boast about: it’s incredible characters.

Respawn have injected a vast amount of lore and personality into their cast of 15 Legends, meaning they can produce nearly any mode they want without struggling with how it logistically fits into the game.

We kind of got a taste of that type of ingenuity with the Fight or Fright Collection Event, that showed Pathfinder teleporting into a night version of Kings Canyon which introduced the Shadowfall mode.

Now that there’s vehicles and loads of new gameplay mechanics in Season 7, non-BR modes like races, new PvE concepts, and more can be a frontrunner for possibilities to explore.

Like Klein said, there isn’t anything Respawn are ready to announce for Apex Legends as of yet, but players have loads of content to hold them over until they do.