Respawn Entertainment has today announced Apex Legends Mobile, a new version of the popular battle royale that has been redesigned with touchscreens and mobile gaming in mind. The game will be going into regional beta testing later this month, starting with access for a few thousand players in India and the Philippines before it spreads to more regions and players around the world through the rest of 2021.
Developed in-house with a new team at Respawn, the game will initially be available on Android smartphones, but that too is set to change as Respawn release an iOS version of the game.
Game Director Chad Grenier descibes it as “a new version of Apex Legends, but it’s true to the original.” And because of the changes made to the game to be playable on mobile, Apex Legends Mobile will remain a separate entity to Apex Legends on other platforms. So no, there will not be any cross-play to the PC and console versions of Apex Legends.
Just as on PC and console, Apex Legends Mobile will be free to play with its own Battle Pass, collectible cosmetics and unlockables. These will be “unique” from those found in the main Apex Legends, but we’re sure this means that they will not transfer between the two version and that there will be some crossover in content.
It’s been a big year for the game and Respawn as a studio. Back in May 2020, Respawn revealed that they had opened a new Vancouver studio and that this would be the new base for the ongoing support and development of Apex Legends. Not long after that a Nintendo Switch version of Apex Legends was announced, and while it’s far from perfect with a significant performance deficit to the game on PS4 and Xbox One, it’s a decent enough port of one of the best examples of the battle royales.
It will be just as interesting to see how the game can make the transition to iOS and Android this year, with touch controls, a wide array of chipsets and game performance to tackle, and more. Being separate from other versions of the game certainly makes sense, to allow it to grow on its own merits without having to affect the ultra-high level of play possible on other systems.
Source: press release