In February 2019, the world game village unexpectedly received an attractive new battle royale product from EA called Apex Legends.
The game’s title that debuted without a trumpet was finally a big hit, quickly confirming its name and joining forces with other popular multiplayer games. Apex Legends has officially turned one year old. With Season 4 Assimilation’s release, we will look back on a successful year with many ups and downs of this new phenomenon.
In 2017, PUBG launched, and thanks to its brilliant success, battle royale became a new trend. Countless battle royale titles have been released, from the latest products to hit AAA like Call of Duty and Battlefield, as well as bad ones. In just a short time, this category seems to make the game market saturated. Gamers are real. Along with the dominance of PUBG and Fortnite, on the indie front, there are many products with battle royale elements. It can be said that not many people expect anything new in this category.
In 2019, amid the thought that the battle royale fever was over, Respawn Entertainment suddenly launched its new product on February 4, 2019. Unlike previous speculations that the new project is Titanfall 3, this is an entirely new Free to Play Battle Royale game called Apex Legends. Apex Legends was released on the announcement day without any aggressive marketing campaign and became a recent gaming industry after precisely one night. Only in the first 8 hours, this new game has 1 million players. The number of players continued to increase dramatically, with 2.5 million players after one day and 25 million in the first week. After one month, Apex Legends reached a desirable milestone with 50 million players.
Both professionals and gamers highly appreciate apex Legends for blowing a new breath into the battle royale genre. With fast, intense gameplay and emphasizing team coordination, diverse character classes with various fighting styles, the ping system makes communication between players more convenient and allows reviving teammates making Apex Legends more unique and worth playing than among dozens of other battle royale products. Apex Legends quickly became a formidable opponent of big players like Fortnite and PUBG.
After initial success, Respawn launched Season 1 Wild Frontier with the first Battlepass package on March 19. The updated content includes an entirely new character, Octane, and several adjustments to balance the game. Season 1 of Apex Legends is not appreciated due to the lack of rich content and not many new additions. Along with that, during Season 1, there was only one short-term event, Legendary Hunt. It partly makes players not have much reason to buy Battlepass and make the game somewhat cooler than before.
However, Respawn also has several marginal additions to the game’s world story, such as short films and hidden details in the map to give content suggestions in the coming seasons. Respawn Entertainment also stated that they do not want to force employees to work overtime (crunch) to produce content regularly like Fortnite, so Apex will only release new content according to specific seasons and events.
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When the craze Apex Legends created has cooled down somewhat, on 2/7, Season 2 Battle Charge officially launched. Season 2 introduces a new character named Wattson and a new weapon model, L-STAR. The game environment is also more unique, with many influential creatures’ appearance to match each game.
Season 2 of Apex Legends was rated higher than the disappointing Season 1 before adding a series of challenges during the day and week to create more motivation for players to stick with the game longer. Along with that is the rank system introduced into the game to turn Apex into an esports game. The Iron Crown Collection event started on August 13 with Solo mode’s short-term presence, which fans have requested. Season 2 has helped warm the battlefield in Apex Legends again and confirmed the game’s foothold on the market.
However, not everything is positive. The Iron Crown Collection event held on 3/8 was controversial when an ax skin can only be obtained by purchasing a series of other loot boxes for a minimum price of up to $ 150. It is said to be a despicable way to suck blood and receive extremely adverse reactions from the community. Things escalated when the conflict occurred between fans and developer Respawn Entertainment. Finally, Respawn made the necessary changes to ease the situation.
On October 1, 2019, the long-awaited Season 3 Meltdown officially launched. Season 3 introduces a new character as a hacker named Crypto that has been suggested in the game for a long time. There is also the appearance of a new weapon, the Charge Rifle. The game map was also wholly changed when King Canon gave way to World’s Edge, a larger map with various environments and contexts. Season 3 is a great success as the community appreciated and attracted many new players to Apex Legends. Thanks to that success, EA announced Apex Legends will be considered an annual brand of the company and is expected to live well for at least the next ten years.
On 4/2/2020, Apex Legends celebrated its 1st birthday with the release of Season 4 Assimilation. Season 4 introduces a new character named Revenant. A new weapon called Sentinel and many changes in the World’s Edge map. The current Season 4 continues to warm up the Apex gaming community and continues to receive much praise. We can expect 2020 to be another successful year of Apex Legends.