Apex Legends Mobile has a release date, bringing Respawn’s battle royale to the mobile club alongside Fortnite, PUBG, and Call of Duty.
Apex Legends Mobile has been in a region-limited beta test since early March, but it’s ready to dropship now: you’ll be able to bring down the pain on your foes on May 17 with a full global launch on both iOS and Android. EA made the announcement in a Tweeter — complete with some juicy treats in a launch trailer — while also revealing that pre-registration is available. EA also announced that pre-registration will help the community unlock exclusive rewards that will be released with launch.
While Apex Legends Mobile is heavily based on Respawn’s free-to-play battle royale, EA has made it clear that it will stand alone with different game modes, mobile-focused features, and gameplay changes. It’s easy to imagine the kinds of changes needed to get more complex characters like Horizon or Wattson through and tame their controls.
Apex Legends’ high mobility and fast-paced action could be great if properly adapted to mobile, but it could also be a nightmare. Trying to swipe and precisely control the movement of everything from Octane to Pathfinder seems like a serious challenge to me. Other mobile entries like Fortnite Mobile have included aim assist and similar adaptations, but movement is entirely its own issue.
Compared to contemporaries like Call of Duty and PUBG, Apex is way behind the party. Fortnite and PUBG first came to mobile in 2018, followed by Call of Duty in 2019 – and that’s plenty of time to get it right and build a playerbase. Showing up at the end of the night may get you some sleep, but you’ll have missed all the best snacks. As our own Tom Bedford expressed, Apex Legends Mobile will likely have an uphill battle with an audience.