While the release of Apex Legends has been a resounding success thus far, there’s still one feature that many players have been asking about: Ranked Play.
Respawn released Apex Legends on February 4 and saw over a million unique players dive in over the first eight hours of availability.
Players of all breeds - both casual and competitive - have been getting their fill over the last few days, but a new leak should give the competitive fans something to look forward to in the future.
As with any leak, it’s worth noting that nothing at all has been confirmed by Respawn at this time and this could eventually turn out to be an unfounded leak.
According to a screenshot courtesy of @StoutFN_ on Twitter, two lines of code were found in Apex Legends’ game files that point to the upcoming arrival of ranked play.
The files in question read “rankedplay_display_enabled ‘0’” and “rankeplay_voice_enabled ‘0.’”
If the leaks end up being true, Apex Legends would already be putting itself ahead of the competition given that neither Fortnite nor Blackout currently have a ranked mode.
Any sort of competitive mode in Fortnite has been one of the most requested features since the battle royale mode launched in September of 2017, but it still hasn’t been added in.
Should Apex Legends get a ranked mode despite being in its infancy as compared to Fortnite, it would be another massive win for the newest entrant to the battle royale scene.
Given that Apex Legends already has plans of going cross-platform sooner rather than later, it’s quite possible that a new king of battle royales is blooming right in front of our eyes.
Time will tell if Apex Legends can sustain this early boom in popularity, but it’s abundantly clear that Fortnite’s place atop the market isn’t as stable as it was just three days ago.