Electronic Arts and Respawn Entertainment massive battle royale multiplayer game, Apex Legends, has recently become a huge success for EA, attracting over 50 million just over a month after its launch in February and has become one of the biggest games of 2019.
EA claims that millions of players have signed up since then, suggesting that it could withstand competition from Epic Games own popular battle royale multiplayer game, Fortnite.
As part of its call discussing its largely quarterly earnings, Chief Executive Officer Andrew Wilson quoted during a post-earnings call. “It has also helped us cut into new player audiences as nearly 30 (percent) of Apex Legends players are new to EA,”, claiming that Apex Legends has brought new players who were unfamiliar with EA and their other IPs and services including EA Access.
According to EA, forecast net booking from Apex Legends is in the range of $300 million to $400 million (roughly Rs. 2,000 crores to Rs. 2,800 crores) in the fiscal year 2020 without the assumption of any contribution this year from any future mobile versions or games in the Chinese market.
EA has confirmed to be in talks to bring the hit game Apex Legends to China and launch a mobile version in the future. Quoted from Andrew Wilson, “We are in advanced negotiations to bring Apex Legends to China and to mobile, and we will update you on time frames when those negotiations are concluded. We are self-publishing Apex Legends in Korea. The game offers an opportunity for us to build a direct connection with our players there, and we hope to be able to leverage this for other games, We are hugely excited about the future of Apex Legends. Players love it, with a Metacritic of 89 and an extremely high net promoter score. Engagement is strong, and we have big plans for the Legends and the world they compete in.”
There is yet no confirmed release date or launch window for the mobile version of Apex Legends or the Chinese version of the game.
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