Free-to-Play Apex Legends Surpassed 1 Million Players in 8 Hours

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Apex Legends, a free-to-play battle royale shooter, surpassed 1 million unique users just 8 hours after first launching on Monday.

According to the game’s website, Apex Legends allows players to choose from a lineup of outlaws, soldiers, misfits and misanthropes, each with their own set of skills. Each match features up to 60 players and allows for team play, similar to other battle royale titles like Fortnite and CoD’s Blackout.

The game features a number of unique elements, including Respawn Beacons that players can use to resurrect their teammates, Smart Comms to help players communicate, Intelligent Inventory for easier item pick-up and management and an all-new way to drop into the action with Jumpmaster deployment.

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Despite these unique additions, some critics have been less-than-thrilled about the new game.  of Ars Technica described Apex Legends as, “at best, a competent online shooter that copies an insane number of battle royale conventions.”

Apex Legends was created by Respawn Entertainment, an EA-owned studio also responsible for the Titanfall series. The game is Respawn’s first release in over 2 years.

Gamers download the Apex Legends for free on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and through Origin on PC — there is no crossplay at this time.

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