As with all battle royale games, it's only a matter of time until esports comes into the equation. The surprise announcement and simultaneous release also seems to have done the trick, as it feels like everyone is talking about and play Apex Legends right now. For Apex Legends launch, Respawn Entertainment sponsored a number of popular streamers and asked them to play their game. The CEO of Respawn revealed these record-breaking numbers in a blog-post while also thanking all the players.
"We hoped you'd love it as much as us, but never in our wildest dreams could we have expected the outpouring of support and positivity we've seen", continues Zampella. But saying "the T word" at the very moment when fans are taking their first tentative steps into Apex Legends is pretty audacious unless there's something substantive behind it. Players had no idea the free-to-play Respawn entertainment battle royale shooter was coming, which only made the hype even more intense.
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As to the future of Apex Legends, Respawn's lead producer Drew McCoy said that plans of cross-platform play are already in the pipeline. Most of us here at DualShockers are enjoying the game, so if we grab any more footage like the above, let us know if you'd like to see it!
Apex Legends has exceeded everyone's expectations mere days after being both announced and launched. But it's tough to know how numerous game's first wave of curious players were there for the fun - and how many were there to see just how much of a Titanfall game they could expect.
Of course, reaching 10 million four times as fast as Fortnite is no small an achievement, but Apex Legends' real test will be in the weeks to come.