Electronic Arts may've found the next Fortnite.
The video game giant, known for its Battlefield war simulation games and upcoming Anthem action adventure title launching in two weeks, surprised the gaming world on Monday when it suddenly released a new game called Apex Legends [cnet.com]. The title is free to download and offers a similar feel to Epic Games' Fortnite: Battle Royale [cnet.com], a free last-man-standing "battle royale" title that's become a cultural phenomenon since launching nearly two years ago. Both make their money by selling different looks for characters.
So far, EA says, more than 10 million people have played Apex Legends [ea.com] since it launched. "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," wrote Vince Zampella [twitter.com], head of EA's Respawn Entertainment division, which made the popular Titanfall shooting game series [cnet.com] and its spinoff Apex Legends. "We tested and tweaked. We argued and agreed. We got to a point where we felt some magic."
Apex Legends are... ancient ghost stories told around a campfire at night at a mountainop retreat?