EA had announced the mobile release of Apex Legends in May 2019 in addition to a release in China. The publisher remained silent on the topic these past few months but finally gave us an update as reported by PC Gamer. However, we still do not have a confirmed release date for the game.
EA’s Chief Financial Officer Blake Jorgensen made the following statement during their Q3 earnings call,
It is common for mobile ports to be handled by external partners since the in-house team usually focuses on the improvement of the game itself. Chinese developers (like Tencent) usually handle mobile ports, so it would make sense that the same partner handles the Chinese release as well.
When Apex Legends Mobile will release?
While we do not have a release date, EA has confirmed that the release window for the game is the fiscal year of 2021. The fiscal year of 2021 puts the game’s release between October 1, 2020 and September 20, 2021.
Apex Legends had a positive launch on PC with many players praising the ease of communication through in-game emotes rather than voice-chat. I have played my fair share of PUBG and turning on the voice chat can really dampen the sound of the game itself which is crucial for survival.
If Apex Legends is able to maintain their emote system in its mobile transition, it would be an ideal way for the game to build an audience.
Many of us would agree that mobile battle royale games are in the plenty (PUBG Mobile, Free Fire, Call of Duty Mobile etc.) but Apex Legends could still create a splash if the launch was seamless. Only time will tell.