Apex Legends crosses 50 million players (update)

Updated March 4, 2019: Apex Legends has crossed 50 million players. It's unclear what the new concurrent-player count is.

On February 4, Respawn Entertainment — now owned by EA — launched a battle royale experience called Apex Legends. There were rumors that it would be a free-to-play version of Titanfall, but it's more along the lines of Overwatch than anything else. It's a good old-fashioned battle between good and evil. The first piece of information to get out of the way is that the game seems to take place in the Titanfall universe, but it doesn't feature mechs or any other towering contraptions you can control. It's a standard run-and-gun shooter, where each character has various special abilities.

Apex Legends has quickly climbed the ranks of streaming services like Twitch and today, Respawn head Vince Zampella revealed that the game has already crossed 10 million players. What's even more surprising is that it already numbers a million concurrent players! Zampella said the following on EA's website.

In 72 hours, over 10 million players have jumped into Apex Legends and we've breached 1 million concurrent players! This has been a truly incredible journey. We tested and tweaked. We argued and agreed. We got to a point where we felt some magic. We knew it would be risky to take the franchise in this direction, to go free-to-play, and do a surprise launch. But we fell in love with Apex Legends and wanted, needed, other people to play it too. 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. From all of us at Respawn, thank you for giving us and Apex Legends a chance. Thank you for joining us on this journey. This is just the beginning! We have so much more in store for you this year.

It's great to see that a battle royale game is doing so well and giving Fortnite some competition. Hopefully this level of interest will continue into the future.

Do you like Apex Legends? Did you get a chance to try it out? Let us know.

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Asher Madan

Asher Madan handles gaming news for Windows Central. Before joining Windows Central in 2017, Asher worked for a number of different gaming outlets. He has a background in medical science and is passionate about all forms of entertainment, cooking, and antiquing.