Apex Legends Mobile is one of the most hotly anticipated launches of 2020. Although nothing is cast in stone with regards to the Apex Legends on Mobile, a recent statement by EA spokesperson indicates that the imminent release of the hit battle royale game might not be too far away. Here are the details about the latest Apex Legends Mobile news on its release date and rumors.
Regular readers of our blog might be aware that we regularly post all the developments related to Apex Legends game from Electronic Arts and Respawn Entertainment. After the big success of Apex Legends for PC, PS4 and Xbox One, mobile users might finally get the attention of the developers.
Why Apex Legends For Mobile?
This is a reasonable question to ask. And the answer is pretty compelling.
Mobile gaming is on the rise. This trend will continue upward in 2020 and beyond. Already 50 percent of the global video game revenue is generated from mobile gaming. It seems people like the convenience of picking up a handheld device to play their favorite titles anywhere anytime.
The past couple of years have seen an incredible upsurge in developers of PC/Console franchises bringing their titles into the mobile gaming arena. World-renowned games such as Mario Kart Tour and Fortnite have amassed a sizable player base on the mobile platform. Even the creators of revered non-mobile game series including League of Legends, DOTA2, and Legends of Runeterra have launched mobile versions with LOL Mobile, Dota Underlords, and LoR Mobile respectively.
When you consider all the recent developments it makes sense for EA to announce last year that Apex Legends mobile is something that the company is pondering over in earnest.
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Apex Legends Mobile Release Plan Very Much Alive:
That said, we have yet to hear anything concrete coming out of the company regarding the release date. EA is keeping all the information about the confirmation of the Apex Legends launch on mobile platforms tightly under wraps.
However, an EA spokesperson has come forward with a statement that the company has sealed a deal to partner with a developer for the game’s release in China:
Rolling mobile out in China, you need to have a partner, and we’re—as we’ve said in the prepared remarks today—we’re working with a partner there, and we’re very excited about the opportunity … That partner is also helping us develop a mobile Apex for the globe—more to come on that in terms of timing.
All channels linked to EA and Respawn are mute over the matter and yet to divulge anything about the endeavor.
Starting the rollout of the mobile version from China is a no-brainer. Exclude China’s massive market from your target audience at your peril; especially when it comes to mobile.
Having said that, Chinese laws dictate that a foreign company must collaborate with a local partner to release their products in the country. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the reason behind Apex Legends Mobile delay has something to do with its release in China.
Who’ll Partner With EA To Release Apex Legends Mobile Chinese Version?
Regrettably, the spokesperson balked at disclosing the name of EA’s Chinese collaborator in the statement. Most guesses point toward Tencent, which is unsurprising when you come to think of it that this is the company behind highly successful launches of PUBG Mobile and Call of Duty: Mobile. Tencent is a respectable name in the mobile sphere with a stake in successful mobile games such as Supercell’s Clash Royale and Clash of Clans.
PUBG Mobile has taken the mobile game industry in particular and the gaming world in general by storm. It has effectively redefined the Battle Royale genre. The game’s astronomical success goaded Epic Games to shed its initial reluctance and offer a mobile version of Fortnite. While the mobile version may not be as much of a big success as its PC/Console counterparts, it still boasts enough players to rank among the most downloaded titles.
What route EA chooses to take as it plans for Apex Legends mobile has the potential to shake things up for the better in the battle royale genre on mobile platforms. The gameplay may not be much different from your everyday battle royale titles, it does have few unique tricks up its sleeves in the form of characters and their skillsets to entice new players while captivating the attention of existing ones. We could see the release in a Q3 or Q4 holiday season 2020 if all else goes according to the plan.