The sudden success of Apex Legends has accidentally boosted a completely unrelated game to stardom: the similarly-named VR game Apex Construct.
Despite being a virtual reality game that’s featured on Steam for $29.99 (a far cry from the free-to-play, battle royale, Origin-exclusive Apex Legends), hundreds of players have purchased Apex Construct under the impression that they’re buying EA’s game instead. As developer Andreas revealed, Steam store views of Apex Construct have increased by over 4000 percent in the last two weeks, and the game has sold more units in China in the last two weeks than it sold throughout the entirety of 2018.
While the Apex Construct team is taking the mix-up in good humor (it’s driving sales, after all), not everything is positive. Most of the purchases are refunded when players realize they’ve bought the wrong game. Some Chinese buyers are even flooding the game’s Steam page with negative reviews, blaming the game for being misleading.
“Somewhere, there are massive misunderstandings going on,” Andreas wrote in his post on Reddit.
While Apex Construct and Apex Legends do have similar names, and even somewhat similar logos, the two games are completely separate products, and it’s hard to mistake one for the other the instant you see any gameplay. Apex Construct was also here first, so the claims of the game being intentionally misleading have no ground to stand on. Luckily, the Steam Community team is looking into getting the negativity sorted out.