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Apex Legends mobile version is in the works (Update: Release window)

Update: EA says it's eyeing an Apex Legends soft-launch on smartphones by the end of the year.

Published onJune 23, 2020

Several characters in Apex Legends.

Update, June 23 2020 (3:50AM ET): Back in February 2019, EA revealed that it was looking at a mobile version of Apex Legends. The firm then announced in May 2019 that a mobile version was indeed in the works.

Now, EA CEO Andrew Wilson revealed (h/t: Touch Arcade and Daniel Ahmad) that they’re eyeing an Apex Legends soft-launch on smartphones by the end of 2020. There’s no word on additional details such as an exact launch date, or the scale of the soft-launch (i.e. for specific countries or a global soft-launch).

The fact that EA is talking about a soft-launch by the end of the year suggests that a full-blown launch will only take place in 2021. Nevertheless, here’s hoping the initial release is available widely too.

Original article, February 6, 2019 (1:17AM ET): Apex Legends is probably the hottest thing in gaming right now, delivering a free-to-play battle royale title set in the Titanfall universe. Now, publisher EA has confirmed that they’re looking at cross-platform play, as well as a mobile version.

EA CEO Andrew Wilson said the company was looking at cross-platform gameplay “in the context of Apex”, according to a transcript of the firm’s earnings call obtained by Motley Fool.

“As I said earlier, we are looking at how to take the game to mobile and cross-play over time, and I also expect that this game will have tremendous value in Asia, and we’re in conversations about that,” the CEO said in response to another question regarding Apex Legends.

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In other words, it seems like the publisher is well-aware of the current trend for cross-platform play that includes mobile devices. Fortnite and PUBG are just two of the most popular games that allow full cross-platform support.

However, there are definitely a couple of hurdles to overcome before Apex Legends mobile (and the associated cross-platform support) is a reality. The first challenge is optimizing the game to run at a similar level to its console and PC counterparts, but this is certainly possible thanks to the power of today’s flagship handsets. The second challenge is ensuring that mobile users with touch controls aren’t pitted against those using superior, physical inputs, as we saw in PUBG.

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