It’s been a while since we first heard that EA and Respawn Entertainment will port their battle royale shooter to mobile devices, but on May 17th, Apex Legends Mobile will finally see a worldwide release. The game’s beta testing period began over a year ago and gradually increased to include more players from around the world, but it is now past the end of its brief regional launch time. This beta’s FAQ contains extra details if you’re curious about the devices it will work with.
Although EA isn’t yet ready to provide more information, beta testers have had a chance to play a game that resembles what PC and console users might expect. You can see how the game has evolved for play on mobile platforms and get a general feel of the touch-optimized controls that are available in an earlier trailer published for the regional launch.
Players will know the various legends, three-player squad combat, and familiar terrain on mobile, and the game is still completely free to play. The launch trailer for Apex Legends Mobile shows that season 1 of that game will begin as season 13 of the main game, featuring a new hero named Newcastle and other updates, just debuted on Tuesday. Specific modes and social integrations will be among the features exclusive to the mobile version.
In its earnings report this week, EA reported that live service games like Apex Legends now make up a significant amount of its business, accounting for more than $4.998 billion in revenue over the previous year. You can see why this launch is so crucial when you consider that an Activision Blizzard report from February stated that Call of Duty Mobile generated more than $1 billion in sales for 2021.
The team is providing pre-registration awards in the lead-up to the game’s release, which fans may unlock by providing their information for the Android version or details on its iOS release.