EA plans to bring Apex Legends to mobile devices
Only the latest battle royale to capitalize on mobile audiences.
During EA's quarterly earnings call today, CFO Blake Jorgensen revealed that the company has plans to bring Apex Legends to mobile devices and eastern markets like China and South Korea.
"We're in advanced negotiations to China and mobile," he said, referencing Respawn Entertainment's battle royale hit.
This should generate a huge increase in traffic to the over 50 million people already playing Apex Legends on console and PC. Apex Legends' biggest competition in Fortnite and PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds already see high player numbers on mobile. According to EA, over 30% of those Apex Legends players are new to EA games.
The company stopped short of revealing which types of devices it would come to first, but a good bet would be iOS and Android.
Interestingly, it was also revealed today at Google I/O that Apex Legends runs its multiplayer system through Google Cloud. While Jorgensen did not mention Google's streaming service Stadia in the earnings call, it certainly seems like a good fit if EA is looking to expand Apex Legends' support platforms.
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Mobile plans in the works
You'll hopefully soon be able to take Apex Legends wherever you go on your mobile devices. Squad up and hop into Kings Island at a moment's notice.
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Jennifer Locke has been playing video games nearly her entire life, and is very happy Xbox is growing a stronger first-party portfolio. You can find her obsessing over Star Wars and other geeky things on Twitter @JenLocke95.
If it was a Play Anywhere title it'd already be coded for mobile devices... As long as you consider a Surface or Windows on ARM device to be mobile.
I would definitely play apex on my mobile if I could, would make train rides far more enjoyable, would be kind of weird for people around me though having to listen to me talking to squad mates.