When you stop and think about it, Apex Legends was really smart about its development and launch. Any executive nowadays thinks a game needs reveals, previews, and hands on to get results but Apex Legends didn't do any of that and I suspect Respawn Entertainment knew exactly what they were doing when they said the game is available now. All the talk about Titanfall 3 and the future of the series came out of the woodwork and got everyone worked up at the same time as people who were genuinely curious who would also say the game isn't bad at all. If we found out about Apex Legends 6 months ago, we would inevitably find out about the fate of Ttianfall 3 and hang its fate over Apex Legends for the entire time and the game would be prematurely doomed.
Instead, Apex Legends is an unexpected success on many levels. It has succeeded despite the fate of Titanfall 3, despite the hurdle that is Fortnite, despite the saturation of the BR genre, and it has hooked 25 million concurrent players. Cliffy B even said that in a burgeoning genre, there's only space for 2 successes and than the plucky 3rd place runner up. What Apex did is the equivalent of Lawbreakers releasing and overthrowing Overwatch. With 25 million players trying Apex Legends in under a week, it really speaks how powerful the BR genre is.
Have you played Apex Legends? A lot of you have probably already left comments on Dtoid's Apex Legends articles, but there's still the larger context of battle royale at large. It's been what? 2 years since PUBG and Fortnite took the gaming landscape by storm and one of those titles is essentially dead by comparison. By my memory there have been no less than 5 copycat pretenders trying to latch onto the success of BR, and in our new year of 2019 we finally have a title that realistically competes with the king of the hill. Are you one of the normal participants of BR? And do you remember the past fads in gaming like a fond memory?
Remember when fighting games were a fad? It was a fad that spawned games like Primal Fury and... Tattoo Warriors. Then there was Call of Duty 4 and every game after that became a gritty, middle eastern warzone. Then there are the smaller fads that came about when DOTA2 and LoL started to really heat up and we have games like Paladins now because of Overwatch. There's no telling what can be next for genre gaming as a whole after the BR craze simmers down a bit.
Leave a comment below about Apex Legends, the battle royale genre that's taken root, or the phenomena of gaming fads in general, and I'll get to work getting your words onto the FP this week!