Apex Legends is finally coming to Android and iOS
Apex Legends was first released two years ago as a cross-platform battle royale game, developed by Respawn Entertainment (the same folks behind Titanfall) and published by Electronic Arts. Today, EA announced that the game is coming to mobile platforms, though it will be a bit different than the current experience on PCs and consoles.
“Beginning later this month,” Game Director for Apex Legends said in a blog post, “we’re kicking off the first regional beta tests for Apex Legends Mobile. […] 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. It’s a new version of Apex Legends, but it’s true to the original.”
The mobile version looks similar to the existing versions for PCs and consoles, at least from the handful of early screenshots currently available, though EA isn’t giving us a look at the controls or game interface yet. The announcement noted that the game will be free-to-play, just like on other platforms, but it will not have cross-play with PCs or consoles.
Apex Legends Mobile will start with a limited closed beta in India and the Philippines and only on Android devices. Electronic Arts plans to implement iOS support and include more regions in further tests. There’s no official release date for when the game will arrive in all regions—at least, not yet.
The decision to begin testing in India and the Philippines could mean EA wants to prioritize the game in regions where other online mobile shooters, especially PUBG, are wildly popular. Half of all PUBG Mobile players came from India before the game was banned over national security concerns. A version of the game made specifically for India is currently under development, which would likely compete with Apex Legends Mobile for players’ attention (and money).