Update, June 23 2020 (3:50AM ET): Back in February 2019, EA revealed that it was looking at a mobile version of Apex Legends. The firm then announced in May 2019 that a mobile version was indeed in the works.
Now, EA CEO Andrew Wilson revealed (h/t: Touch Arcade and Daniel Ahmad) that theyâ€™re eyeing an Apex Legends soft-launch on smartphones by the end of 2020. Thereâ€™s no word on additional details such as an exact launch date, or the scale of the soft-launch (i.e. for specific countries or a global soft-launch).
The fact that EA is talking about a soft-launch by the end of the year suggests that a full-blown launch will only take place in 2021. Nevertheless, hereâ€™s hoping the initial release is available widely too.
Original article, February 6, 2019 (1:17AM ET): Apex Legends is probably the hottest thing in gaming right now, delivering a free-to-play battle royale title set in the Titanfall universe. Now, publisher EA has confirmed that theyâ€™re looking at cross-platform play, as well as a mobile version.
EA CEO Andrew Wilson said the company was looking at cross-platform gameplay â€œin the context of Apexâ€�, according to a transcript of the firmâ€™s earnings call obtained by Motley Fool.
â€œAs I said earlier, we are looking at how to take the game to mobile and cross-play over time, and I also expect that this game will have tremendous value in Asia, and weâ€™re in conversations about that,â€� the CEO said in response to another question regarding Apex Legends.
In other words, it seems like the publisher is well-aware of the current trend for cross-platform play that includes mobile devices. Fortnite and PUBG are just two of the most popular games that allow full cross-platform support.
However, there are definitely a couple of hurdles to overcome before Apex Legends mobile (and the associated cross-platform support) is a reality. The first challenge is optimizing the game to run at a similar level to its console and PC counterparts, but this is certainly possible thanks to the power of todayâ€™s flagship handsets. The second challenge is ensuring that mobile users with touch controls arenâ€™t pitted against those using superior, physical inputs, as we saw in PUBG.
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