Update: Apex Legends continues to inch closer to unseating Fortnite from the battle royale throne, although it still has quite a ways to go. Not long after Respawn’s Vince Zampella announced that Apex broke 1 million players in under eight hours, EA CEO Andrew Wilson confirmed a new milestone during an earnings call with investors.
“In the first 24 hours we had over 2.5 million unique users trending past towards 3 million unique users and nearly 600,000 peak and current in the middle of a Tuesday,” Wilson reported (via VG 24/7). “It’s very early, but the response to the game has been very, very strong. We’ve been the number one viewed game on Twitch since launch and player sentiment seems to be very, very high right now.”
The game even managed to surpass Fortnite on Twitch three-fold, reaching beyond 230K viewers vs. Fortnite‘s ~75K, and whether or not some of that was inflated by EA-sponsored streams, it’s still an impressive feat. With features like new content and cross-play on the horizon, Apex‘s trajectory could eventually put it at the top of the pack.
Original Story: Apex Legends‘ aggressive and spontaneous marketing push apparently did the trick, considering the game hit an impressive player milestone just a few hours after launch.
Respawn CEO Vince Zampella posted to Twitter that Apex Legends, the studio’s new battle royale experience, hit over 1 million unique players less than eight hours after its recent surprise launch.
I’m so overwhelmed right now, @PlayApex broke a million unique players in under 8 hours. ❤️❤️❤️
— Vince Zampella (@VinceZampella) February 5, 2019
Shortly after the game’s launch, fans learned that Apex Legends is reportedly what Titanfall 3 turned into after the studio made a development pivot. Apex Legends still takes place within the Titanfall universe, but trades out the series’ iconic titans and platforming mechanics for class-based battle royale combat.
Apex Legends is available for free download right now on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.