Apex Legends Hits 1M Players Right Off

Vince Zampella tweets about the success of yesterday's launch of Apex Legends. Word is the free-to-play battle royale hit the one million player threshold within the first eight hours of its launch: "I’m so overwhelmed right now, @PlayApex broke a million unique players in under 8 hours. ❤️❤️❤️ Thank you so much for showing up and being part of this with @Respawn you are amazing!!" There's also a post on reddit where Respawn recaps the launch. Word is to expect a small server patch this morning to address stability issues. They are also soliciting feedback:

The support and excitement for Apex Legends has been more than we could have imagined. The whole team is thrilled to see people loving the game as much as we do. We love the praise, but we also want to hear what could be better. A few things for example we’d love your feedback on:

  • How do weapons feel? Distinct? Samey?
  • Do Legend abilities feel effective?
  • Are you finding loot quickly enough? Is ammo too hard to find? Is a type of ammo feel to scarce?
  • What areas of the game could be explained better?
  • What do you wish Apex had that it doesn’t
  • What are your favorite cosmetics?

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Feb 5, 2019, 20:10
Kxmode
 
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Feb 5, 2019, 20:10
 Kxmode
 
Squirmer wrote on Feb 5, 2019, 17:19:
So this game requires Origin and you can't play it with Steam, and yet there's no mass outrage from angry gamers with boycott threats and review bombing of Respawn's other games? Curious hey.

It's not an apple to apple comparison. Several key differences:

1. Apex is free to play with MTX. Metro Exodus is a $50 title.
2. Apex launched on EA's proprietary platform. Exodus had a long pre-sale period on Steam then went exclusive Epic two-weeks before launch.
3. Apex launched under the radar of other hyped products (e.g. Anthem, Metro Exodus). Controversy is the primary driver surrounding Exodus's hype. Meanwhile, there was no controversy with Apex Legends. It just released like an after-thought.
4. Origin is a stable platform that is backed by big publisher EA.
5. People are used to EA products having exclusivity on their platform. That's not the same as Deep Silver going exclusive to Epic. First and foremost, Deep Silver didn't develop the Epic launcher/store. They had a choice to put their game on as many platforms for the broadest coverage and best ROI. Instead, they chose a compromised platform with a fraction of Steam's customer base based on whatever money Epic gave them.

Bottom line, Origin is a better platform than Epic's platform. I have yet to hear of security breaches happening on EA's platform.

I would buy Metro Exodus on Origin before I would ever buy it from the Epic store, and that comes from someone who tolerates Origin's existence.
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