The PlayStation 4’s Apex Legends free download has been officially revealed as the most used no purchase game of 2019.
The news comes as part of E.A’s latest financial report from Q4 2019.
The report states that Apex Legends was the most downloaded free-to-play game on PS4 last year.
Also, the report states that Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order has crossed the 10 million sales mark, The Sims 4 player base increased every quarter and that revenue has increased to $5.54 billion.
One of game development’s biggest secrets and subsequently surprise hit Battle Royale games has seen a quick and loyal fanbase since its release last February.
E.A’s answer to Fortnite, Apex Legends was released without hype or even official advertising.
The game is a first-person shooter set in the universe of mech battle game Titanfall.
Although you won’t get to pilot a mech in Apex Legends, the game is not without action.
Team-based objectives must be completed in a Battle Royale adventure with an excellent science fiction twist.
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The game contains highly detailed maps, beautiful character models and a ton of weaponry.
Since early last year, the online shooter reached a player base in months that took Fortnite years.
Obviously, the popularity of Battle Royale games, because of Fortnite, has exploded over the last few years and Apex may owe Fortnite some credit.
That being said, Apex Legends has been a huge success for Electronic Arts and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order developer Respawn Entertainment.
In the first few months of release, Legends reportedly had 50 million players per month enjoying the game.
Since then, the player count has decreased somewhat to a steady 8 to 10 million per month, similar to Fortnite’s current concurrent figures.
Just like Fortnite, the key to Apex’s success is the constant updates and new content that is released weekly.
The online gaming model works exceptionally well for Battle Royale games as gamers play every day and expect new content.
The seasonal overall releases containing chapters with weekly updates keep these games fresh and interesting.
This, of course, requires a dedicated development team to keep fans happy and developers such as Epic Games deserve some praise for this difficult job.
It is also this dedication that draws new players to these games as they never seem to get out of date.
There is often the odd negative story concerning Fortnite that it may be dying, but as people have said from time immemorial, the numbers don’t lie.
One factor in negative press for games like these is the false icon role that Twitch streamers of these games have been elevated to.
Professionals in the world of online gaming wield a lot of responsibility, and when they decry a game for some reason or other, everyone listens.
This has had the effect of garnering negative attention for the games that they play when a particular pro gamer is having a bad day.
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The mind of the pro gamer is such that they cannot emotionally sustain themselves if they get beaten by a particular game.
Of course, this is the game and everyone else’s fault, never theirs.
However, that is another story.
The news is that apart from E.A’s flagship FIFA game, the fact that the top two moneymakers were from Respawn Entertainment can mean only good things for the developer.
Given that both of their recent collaborations with E.A have been hugely successful means that we should all look forward to their next project, whatever that may be.
Apex Legends is available now for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC.
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