Apex Legends was released back on February 4th last year. Needless to say, it was a huge hit last year. In less than a week it had almost 50 million downloads over PC, Xbox, and PlayStation.
Without any sort of marketing or hype this game kind of came out of nowhere. While there were some rumors about a potential sequel from Respawn, nobody saw a battle royale game from the creators of beloved FPS Titanfall.
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The game was really well polished and gamers were really treated with a good free-to-play battle royale game. It had a trick up its sleeve and that was its hero mechanic. Respawn took big hints from both PUBG and Overwatch and made the best of both worlds. Also, they introduced the now-famous ping system for indication and basic player communication. It was a kind of revolutionary at that time.
The ping system was so good that even Fortnite implemented it in their own game. After the release for a period of time Apex Legends was the most viewed game on twitch. It even overtook Fortnite for a couple of days. It had over 50 million downloads across all the major platforms including PS4.
Especially in PS4, it was so popular that it was the most downloaded game in 2019. It even beat its competitor Fortnite. PlayStation’s official Twitter account tweeted at Respawn to congratulate them on their success. Like every year PlayStation revealed their most played games list on PS store. And it came as no surprise that Apex was gonna take the crown this time.
With the new events and a new season coming up hopefully Respawn can keep up the good work.