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Apex Legends smashes player milestone and becomes “core” EA franchise

Published: 29/Oct/2019 23:28 Updated: 30/Oct/2019 0:19

by Bill Cooney

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Video game publisher EA Games revealed they’re putting more resources into Apex Legends and making it a “core franchise” after impressive player count numbers in 2019.

Apex Legends was an instant hit when it released out of nowhere on February 4, 2019 – thanks in part because it’s free to play and its popularity of Twitch, plus the game is just fun to play.

Though it couldn’t sustain it’s initial Twitch numbers Apex is still a go-to on the platform, and the battle royale seems to have had no trouble attracting regular players as well.

Apex Legends is now a “core” franchise

On Twitter the game celebrated 70 million players worldwide with a special video and thanks to the community that made the milestone happen.

Since Apex has released the game has introduced three new legends (Octane, Wattson and Crypto) along with limited-time events and even a new map, which has helped to keep things fresh for players.

EA also announced they had made Apex Legends a “core franchise” and that they were adding additional developers to the team.

Whether additional developers mean more content like maps, cosmetics, additional modes, gameplay updates, or something else entirely remains to be seen.

Video game industry analyst Daniel Ahmad also noted that EA still had plans for Apex on mobile, additional platforms, esports support and officially releasing the game in China.

When will Apex Legends be coming to Steam?

EA games confirmed on October 29 that it’s “core” multiplayer titles – including Apex Legends, FIFA, and Battlefield V – would become available on both Origin and Steam sometime in 2020.

Of course, EA is set to come out with its own game streaming service – EA Access – sometime around Spring 2020, which could be when Apex heads to Steam and Origin as well.

Whenever the game comes to Steam or other platforms, it’s clear EA is putting plenty of support into Apex for the foreseeable future.

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Apex Legends dev reveals top 5 most played legends in Season 7

Published: 27/Nov/2020 10:08

by Connor Bennett

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Apex Legends developer Daniel Klein has revealed the five most popular legends from Season 7 – and it should come as no surprise that Horizon is right up there already.

As the Apex Legends seasons have unfolded, it’s been easy for players to chop and change the legends they use seeing as a new character is introduced which each major, season starting update. 

The new character always receives huge attention as players want to test out the new content, but sometimes, they don’t stick around and can immediately fall to the bottom of the pile once fans are seemingly bored with them. 

In the case of Horizon and Apex Legends Season 7, she has been able to stick around as one of the most played legends – even cementing her spot amongst some of the battle royale’s long-term favorites.

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Wraith still leads the way as Apex’s most-used legend.

Speaking on The Third Party: An Apex Legends podcast, Respawn Senior Game Designer Daniel Klein revealed how the list of most played legends in the new season had started to shape up.

“Wraith, Bloodhound, Horizon, Octane, and then Lifeline, that’s the pick order right now,” Klein told the podcast hosts in relation to the top five, noting that Horizon had started to settle in the top five after her initial explosion in use. 

Octane being so high might surprise a few players, and as Klein points out, he doesn’t “win a lot of games,” but he’s so fun to play because of his speedy abilities. Klein also noted that there is an “interesting situation” with Bloodhound because they have a high pick rate, but they don’t win a lot of games. 

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Additionally, the Apex developer revealed that Loba has also seen a rise in her trios win rate after her Ultimate received a bit of a shake up at the start of Season 7. Though, he didn’t note just how popular and used that she has become. 

As the season unfolds, some currently lesser-played legends might see a boost in usage after Respawn rolls out patches, so, we’ll have to wait and see as to whether or not the top five is shaken up or if it stays the same moving forward.