Apex Legends was first released two years ago as a cross-platform battle royale game, developed by Respawn Entertainment (the same people behind Titanfall) and published by Electronic Arts. EA today announced that the game is coming to mobile platforms, though it will be slightly different than the current experience on PCs and consoles.
“Starting later this month,” Director of Apex Legends Game said in a blog post, “we are starting the first regional beta tests for Apex Legends Mobile. […] Apex Legends Mobile is specially designed for touch screens, with streamlined controls and thoughtful optimizations that lead to the most advanced battle royale battle available on a phone. It’s a new version of Apex Legends, but it’s true to the original. ”
The mobile version looks similar to the existing versions for PCs and consoles, at least from the handful of early screenshots currently available, though EA doesn’t give us a look at the controls or the game interface again. The announcement stated that the game will be free to play, just like on other platforms, but will not get cross play with PCs or consoles.
Mobile Apex Legends starts with limited closed beta in India and Philippines and only on Android devices. Electronic Arts plans to implement iOS support and include more regions in further testing. There is no official release date for when the game will arrive in each region – at least, not yet.
The decision to start testing in India and Philippines may mean that EA wants to prioritize the game in regions where there are other online shooters, especially PUBG, wildly popular. Half of all PUBG Portable players came from India before the game was banned over national security concerns. An Indian-made version of the game is currently in development, which would likely compete with it Mobile Apex Legends for the attention of players (and money).