Apex Legends Mobile to run regional beta tests this April

Apex Legends was first released two years ago as a cross-platform battle royale game produced by Respawn Entertainment (the same people behind Titanfall) and published by Electronic Arts as a cross-platform battle royale game. EA revealed today that the game will be coming to mobile devices, but the gameplay will vary from what players are used to on PCs and consoles.

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Apex Legends Mobile is a modern iteration of the game that is "specially developed for touchscreens, with streamlined controls and careful optimizations that result in the most advanced battle royale fighting possible on a tablet," according to the game director Chad Grenier.

In a blog post, Apex Legends' Game Director said, "We're kicking off the first area beta testing for Apex Legends Mobile beginning later this month." [...] Apex Legends Mobile is optimized for touchscreens, with streamlined controls and careful optimizations, resulting in the most advanced battle royale combat possible on a mobile device. It's a new Apex Legends, but it's all faithful to the original.”


According to the few early screenshots available, the smartphone edition looks identical to the existing PC and console models, but EA hasn't given us a peek at the controls or game interface yet. The game will be free-to-play, much as on other platforms, but there will be no cross-play with PCs or controllers, according to the release.

Apex Legends Mobile will launch in India and the Philippines with a small closed beta that will only be available on Android devices. Electronic Arts intend to add iOS support and expand the number of regions tested in future experiments. At the moment, there is no official release date for when the game will be available in all territories.


The decision to start testing in India and the Philippines may indicate that EA wants to put the game first in areas where other online mobile shooters, especially PUBG, are extremely common. Before the game was banned due to national security issues, India accounted for half of all PUBG Mobile players. A version of the game designed especially for India is in the works, and it will most likely clash with Apex Legends Mobile for player interest (and money).

Since Apex Legends Mobile is a new app, it will not have cross-play with other Apex Legends games, but it will be free to play. It will also have its own Battle Passes, collectible cosmetics, and unlockables that are not available in other models.

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Apex Legends Mobile was recently announced for a soft launch in 2020 by EA CEO Andrew Wilson at an EA Fireside Chat, and although it's a little late, Apex Legends fans will soon have a new way to play the battle royale.

Apex Legends Mobile is being developed by a dedicated team at Respawn in partnership with "the existing Apex Legends team and other collaborators," according to EA.
 

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