Is Apex legends coming to mobile?
We'll be steadily rolling out Apex Legends Mobile around the world in a series of tests. To start with, we'll do a series of smaller closed beta tests in India and the Philippines. The first of these begins Spring 2021, and will only be available on Android devices. ea.comApex Legends Mobile Regional Betas Start Soon
More than one game can share the chicken dinner
They can share a victory royale with Fortnite, with its 350 million-plus players (as of May 2020), as well as the original PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, which has sold north of 70 million copies on console and PC, and its free-to-play PUBG Mobile variant reportedly raked in $5 billion last year ($7.4 million per day).
If you’re counting, Warzone is growing faster than Apex, though. It took two years for Apex to hit 100 million, but it’s been just over a year since Warzone’s March 2020 release.
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22 April, 2021 - 03:02pm
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22 April, 2021 - 01:30pm
Do you have what it takes to impress Ash, legends?
The buildup to Apex Legends' season nine came to a head today with the Legacy launch trailer. While the trailer showed off each legend in all their glory, a mysterious—yet familiar—face stole the spotlight, and she seems to be pulling the strings behind the battle royale’s upcoming game mode.
Elite Pilot, member of the Apex Predators, and Pathfinder’s girlfriend—Ash has many sides to her, but there’s much that remains unknown about the simulacrum.
Ash first appeared in the franchise as an enemy Pilot in Titanfall 2. In the game, the simulacrum serves as a mercenary under Kuben Blisk. Her Titan is quick footed and wields a massive blade.
She hunts the game’s protagonist, Jack Cooper, to cash in on the bounty on his head but is ultimately killed by the player in the process.
Ash’s story isn’t done there, however.
The mysterious figure hopped titles and made an appearance in Apex Legends' fifth season. Players were tasked with reconstructing Ash’s head in the battle royale's first quest, the Broken Ghost. In the quest’s epilogue, players reunited Ash’s head with her body in an underground bunker in Kings Canyon.
As players approached the body, a number of voice lines had the chance of playing. All were cryptic in nature, and their references ranged from betrayal to Darion to children's love of ice cream.
Once players placed Ash’s head back on her body, though, she would say “All roads lead to Branthium,” before welcoming the player to Olympus, what would later become Apex’s third map with the launch of season seven.
Ash later made a smaller appearance in the battle royale in a season six comic, in which Pathfinder introduces Mirage and Rampart to his girlfriend—who just so happens to be the recently awakened Ash—and shows solidarity to the reconstructed simulacrum. “I know what it’s like to wake up and not know who you are,” Pathfinder tells her. “I wished I had a friend back then who made it less scary. I’m that friend for you… friend.”
Pathfinder can also be heard mentioning Ash when approaching Hammond Labs on Olympus. "This lab reminds me of Ash," he says. "You know we met outside of Hammond Labs? I found her in a dumpster!"
Leading up to season seven, Respawn dropped a teaser on Twitter, in which Horizon can be heard repeating one of Ash's voice lines from the season five quest: “A wee bit of betrayal [inaudible], eh, dearie?"
It wouldn't take long for fans to find out what exactly this betrayal was.
The season seven Stories from the Outlands episode titled “Promise” premiered on YouTube just days after the teaser. The video detailed astrophysicist Dr. Mary Somers’—A.K.A Horizon—background and betrayal by assistant Ashleigh Reid. Somers and Reid travelled to a distant planet to collect Branthium, but Reid later abandoned Somers in space after obtaining a shard of the resource.
The similarity between the names Ash and Ashleigh, Reid's hood-like hairstyle, and the shared voice lines all led fans to believe that before becoming a simulacrum, Ash worked as Somers' assistant. It's clear she had ulterior motives—but for who, exactly, remains unknown.
Ash also appeared in an in-game teaser earlier in the week. Players needed to collect keycards and scan holosprays found across Olympus and Kings Canyon to unlock a teaser in the firing range. After doing so, players boarded a ship and travelled to a new area, where they would ascend in an elevator to an open battlefield with a massive hologram of Ash.
“Do you think you have what it takes to impress me, legend?” Ash says in the teaser. “Gonna find out soon. The Arena awaits.”
The leadup to Apex’s upcoming season came to a head today with the season trailer. In the video, the legends duke it out in classic goosebump-raising fashion all under the watchful eye of Ash, who seems to be puppeteering a new game mode.
“Legacy of a champion cannot be measured by simple victories,” Ash says in the trailer as she spectates legends skirmishing. “It is measured by resolve, by commitment to a single focus, absolution, conviction, vengeance. It is time to return the legend to where it started—a little underground brutality."
Unfortunately for those eagerly awaiting Ash’s arrival in the Apex Games, the simulacrum won’t be joining the fray just yet—at least, not according to the season nine details page. Valkyrie will instead be filling that role as she sets off to craft her own legacy in the Apex Games. Ash may appear as a playable character in the future, just as Revenant did after he hosted his own games.
But until then, Ash will likely appear in more teasers and voice-overs as players enjoy Legacy, the game's new Arena mode, and all the season has to offer.
22 April, 2021 - 12:42pm
The next season of Apex Legends is shaping up to be pretty huge for Respawn’s battle royale. We’ve already been introduced to the new Legend Valkyrie, Olympus is about to see some pretty massive changes, and the season number is being dropped entirely. What’s really piqued our curiosity, though, is the new game mode.
We’ve yet to see too much of it, you see, though that’s about to change. Respawn released a new trailer to drum up excitement for the new season, Legacy, and revealed that we’re getting an Arenas gameplay reveal on April 26. The trailer features our cast of heroes duking it out in various arenas before an overseer mentions returning the legend to “where it started” – hmm.
While details are thin on the ground, Respawn is pretty happy to tell everyone that they’re going beyond battle royale with this one – it’s even in the trailer. We’ve had a hunch that this has been coming for a while, though, as game director Chad Grenier said the team would “launch new ways to play the game that take us beyond battle royale” this year.
There are further links to Titanfall this season, too, with Grenier telling fans of the series to “hang on” for this season. Valkyrie is the daughter of a Titanfall 2 pilot, so we’ve got that link, but more could well be in store.
“Next season, Season 9, you’re actually going to see a ton of Titanfall coming back into the game, in one way or another,” He said while on a panel hosted by BrownGirlGamerCode. “I’ve told some people before, if you’re a Titanfall fan, hang on for Season 9 because there’s gonna be some really cool stuff there.”
You can catch the trailer below if you fancy it:
If you’re mulling over who to main and who to ditch, our Apex Legends tier list will point you in the right direction. For more of the best battle royale games, you know where to click. The Apex Legends Season 9 release date isn’t until early next month, so you’ve got a wee bit of time to wait.
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22 April, 2021 - 12:35pm
With Season 8 in its final weeks, Apex Legends developers Respawn have been ramping up their teases and trailers for the upcoming Season 9 and Legacy. Earlier this week, the new Legend and daughter of an Apex Predator Valkyrie was revealed in a new Stories from the Outlands video.
Ash appears throughout the Legacy launch trailer monitoring the Legends as they battle in the revamped Infested Olympus map. At one point she says: “It is time to return the Legends to where is started. A little underground brutality.” The trailer ends with her saying “Welcome to the legacy of the Apex Predators. Welcome to the Arenas.” The Legacy launch trailer also shows off plenty of new features, including Valkyrie, the new Bocek Bow, and some new areas of Infested Olympus.
The Arena mode has been a long-rumored addition to the game as Apex Legends dataminers found evidence of the mode back in October before Season 7’s launch which introduced Olympus. The mode will get its gameplay reveal on April 26 and will take Apex Legends "beyond battle royale." Ash’s dialogue in the trailer implies that the Arenas were how the Apex Predators got started and that they are now sharing it with the Legends.
This trailer also lacks the usual season name and number in the title and video thumbnail, instead opting for just "Apex Legends Legacy." This could suggest that this update might be bigger in scale and come with more game-changing features than a typical seasonal update might. New Legend Valkyrie appears a lot in the trailer too and, while her exact abilities are yet to be officially revealed, she uses her Northstar Titan-inspired jetpack to fly around and delivers a volley of missiles and shows up with the Bocek Bow towards the end.
With another Titanfall game looking increasingly unlikely, it is excellent to see Respawn bringing the Titanfall and Apex Legends universes together to make the whole story more cohesive. Provided Arenas is well-received, this could open even more possibilities for Apex Legends to go even further beyond battle royale. Titanfall 2’s campaign mode is highly regarded as one of the best in the shooter genre, so it would be interesting to see what could be done with the roster of Legends.
However, details on the mode are sparse for now, and it is unclear as to how Arenas will be integrated into the base Apex Legends game unless it is a stand-alone mode. Furthermore, how will Respawn juggle the battle royale and Arenas aspects of the game, and is there a danger of the two modes competing against each other both in terms of player counts and development resources? Presumably, players will be left with fewer questions after April 26.
Apex Legends is available now on Nintendo Switch, PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
22 April, 2021 - 11:13am
The trailer starts off with a preview of Valkyrie, Apex’s newest Legend, flying through the sky and taking out her competition. Next we get views of several different shootouts involving almost all of Apex’s characters, with Wraith sneaking up on Caustic to save her squadmate Mirage, or Loba getting the drop on both of them.
As all of the fighting starts to wind down, the trailer cuts to a computer where Ash, a former Apex Predator from Titanfall 2, watches the action unfold. She says that it’s time to “return the legend to where it started, a little underground brutality.” Then she welcomes players to the “Arenas.”
The trailer ends by revealing the title Apex Legends Legacy, then says, “Go beyond battle royale.” For now it’s not quite clear what any of this might mean, but Respawn could be teasing a new Apex Legends mode that’s a little closer to Titanfall’s arena shooter style than the battle royale that most players are used to from the game right now.
The good news is, we won’t have to wait long to find out exactly what’s going on with Arenas. According to the trailer, Respawn will have an official gameplay reveal on Monday, April 26.
21 April, 2021 - 11:37am
"Beginning later this month, we're kicking off the first regional beta tests for Apex Legends Mobile," Apex Legends Game Director Chad Grenier wrote on EA's website. "This is a huge moment for our team. Two years ago we changed the landscape of the battle royale genre, and now we’re aiming to do it again on mobile." The beta version of Apex Legends Mobile will only be available to players in India and the Philippines later this month before being rolled out to more regions throughout the year. It will initially be only available on Android phones and will implement iOS support after further testing.
Grenier went on to say that this version of the shooter is tailored specifically to mobile devices. "Apex Legends Mobile is specially designed for touchscreens, with streamlined controls and thoughtful optimizations that result in the most advanced battle royale combat available on a phone," he explained. For this reason, the mobile version will not feature crossplay ability with either the PC or console versions of Apex Legends.
"To put it simply, the best is yet to come for PC and console players," Grenier concluded.
The next big update to Apex Legends will come in the form of the shooter's ninth season, titled Legacy, which is set to be released on May 4. A new Legend named Valkyrie, a Titan pilot who blames Titanfall 2 antagonist Kuben Blisk for her father's death, was showcased in the most recent "Stories from the Outlands" trailer titled "Northstar." She will be featured in the new season alongside a new weapon called the Bocek Bow and a version of the map Olympus that is infested and overgrown with roots and other plant growths.
Developed by Respawn Entertainment and published by Electronic Arts, Apex Legends is available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, X Series X|S, PC and Nintendo Switch. Apex Legends: Legacy will be available May 4. Apex Legends Mobile will be available in beta version to different regions throughout the year and is expected to release worldwide in 2022.
21 April, 2021 - 04:58am
Despite only being released back in 2019, Apex Legends has built a large roster of interesting and unique characters. Each of these Legends has a backstory embedded in the game’s world, meaning fans have become interested in their storylines and personalities.
Of course, when fans are invested in a title’s characters, it usually means there’s a set of talented cosplayers ready to bring them to life.
Apex is no different and with the new Legend Valkyrie receiving her very own ‘Stories from the Outlands’ video. Off the back of this, a lot of fans have been inspired to recreate her appearance, with one cosplay standing out from the crowd.
The outfit mirrors Valkyrie’s appearance in the Northstar ‘Stories from the Outlands’ video where she’s seeking revenge for the death of her father.
Every aspect of Aebi’s cosplay perfectly matches the look from the video. From the dark red cropped jacket to the black turtle neck jumper, it’s all styled to perfection.
Despite this, perhaps the most impressive aspect of the cosplay is her hair. The cut completely mirrors Valkyrie’s and brings the whole look together, it almost appears as if she’s been transported out of the trailer into the real world.
— Aebi 🔪🩸 (@Aaebiya) April 20, 2021
There’s no doubt this is an impressive cosplay that has got the Apex community even more excited to try out Valkyrie in-game.
We’ll have to keep an eye on Aaebiya’s socials to see if she decides to cosplay any other Apex Legends characters. It would certainly be exciting to see if she could bring some of the other Legends to life.