The insanely explosive popularity of Apex Legends, the new Battle Royale title based on the Titanfall universe from Respawn Entertainment, just continues to grow. Launched on Monday, the free-to-play game set in the Titanfall universe had over 1 million players within the first eight hours. By the following day, it had 2.5 million players within its first 24 hours.
This growth pace has exploded today, seeing more than 10 million total players, with more than 1 million concurrently playing at the highest peak so far. An announcement from EA has revealed these celebration-worthy numbers just three days after launch.
In 72 hours, over 10 million players have jumped into Apex Legends and we’ve breached 1 million concurrent players!
This has been a truly incredible journey. We tested and tweaked. We argued and agreed. We got to a point where we felt some magic. We knew it would be risky to take the franchise in this direction, to go free to play, and do a surprise launch. But we fell in love with Apex Legends and wanted, needed, other people to play it too.
We hoped you’d love it as much as us, but never in our wildest dreams could we have expected the outpouring of support and positivity we’ve seen. From all of us at Respawn, thank you for giving us and Apex Legends a chance. Thank you for joining us on this journey. This is just the beginning! We have so much more in store for you this year.
See you in the arena!
This rate of growth eclipses pretty much every other major title of the last few years. Compared to the likes of Overwatch, which took three weeks to hit similar numbers. PUBG managed selling 10 million copies in six months. However, the numbers of Apex Legends have failed to even make a dent compared to the current titan of the genre, Fortnite. Epic Games revealed that the current peak for just concurrent users of their Battle Royale title have eclipsed 10 million.