Recently, Respawn Entertainment released a thank you video on Twitter in celebration of Apex Legends achieving 100 million world-wide players. That number is soon to grow a lot larger. In a news update written by Chad Grenier, Game Director on Apex Legends, Respawn announced that they would be expanding the game to Android and iOS devices with Apex Legends Mobile. This includes plans for regional betas in the near future.
100 million strong, and we're just getting started. Thank you, Legends! ❤️ pic.twitter.com/FlINru0lx5
— Apex Legends (@PlayApex) April 14, 2021
While a release date for the game was not mentioned, Respawn explained their plans to begin regional betas around the globe. The first of these betas is planned to begin Spring 2021. The initial group of betas are to be set in the Philippines and India. Over the coming months, additional betas are planned to continue to roll out to other regions across the globe. Respawn plans to create a page on their website, allowing players to sign up to receive news about Apex Legends Mobile regional betas and to pre-register for the game. This page is to be posted at a later date.
Throughout the news update, Grenier placed emphasis on the game being in the early stages of testing. Respawn noted that the mobile game will initially only be available on Android devices. As testing progresses, the developers plan to include support for iOS devices as well.
The news update confirms that the mobile version will be a separate game. Apex Legends Mobile is being designed for mobile devices from the ground up. For those concerned about getting mismatched against players on more powerful systems, the mobile version will not support cross-play between the PC or console versions of the game.
Chad Grenier addressed the development team responsible for creating the new game:
We’ve built a dedicated team here at Respawn filled with experts in mobile game development to lead the creation of Apex Legends Mobile, but it’s a collaborative effort with our established Apex Legends team and other partners.
According to Grenier, the game seems to be developed in-house by many developers with previous experience working on the base game.
In addition, Respawn announced that the mobile game will have a unique battle pass. This Battle Pass will include cosmetics and unlockables exclusive to the mobile version.
It will be interesting to see the demand for a mobile version of Apex Legends. Battle Royale games such as Fortnite and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds have already made the plunge into the mobile market with good success. With its current popularity, there’s a good chance that this new version of the game could be a popular title on mobile devices as well.