Several years after we first heard that EA and Respawn Entertainment would be bringing their Battle Royale shooter to mobile platforms, there’s a worldwide release date for it. Apex Legends Mobile, which launches on May 17 for Android and iOS. Beta testing for the game started over a year ago and has slowly expanded to more players around the world, but now the limited regional launch window is over. If you’re wondering what devices it will work on, this beta FAQ has more information.
EA isn’t ready to share more details, but beta testers have been able to experience a game that’s pretty close to the experience players get on PCs and consoles. In an earlier trailer for the regional launch, you can see how the game has changed for play on mobile platforms and get a feel for the touch-optimized controls available.
The diverse legends, three-player squad action and maps players will recognize make the move to mobile, and it’s still free to play, of course. While the main game launched Season 13 on Tuesday with a new hero, Newcastle and other changes, the launch trailer for Apex Legends Mobile reveals it’s starting its own run with season one. The mobile version will also have some of its own features, including specific modes and social links.
Live service games like Apex Legends are now a big part of EA’s business; in its earnings report this week, the company revealed that the category accounts for a huge chunk of its revenue, with more than $4.998 billion in the past year. A similar report from Activision Blizzard in February said that: Call of Duty mobile good for over $1 billion in revenue for 2021, so you can see why this launch is so important.
As part of the build-up to the game’s release, the team is offering pre-registration pricing based on the number of people who sign up, which users can unlock by providing their information for the Android version or details about the iOS version. release.