EA plans to release Apex Legends on mobile devices

Another battle royale game will hit the mobile gaming arena when Electronic Arts and Respawn Entertainment bring Apex Legends to mobile devices.

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It looks like Apex Legends is about to join the ranks of Fortnite and PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds as another battle royale game available for mobile devices. Details regarding these plans were revealed during a recent earnings report, wherein Electronic Arts plainly stated intentions to bring the Titanfall-themed battle royale game to both mobile and the Chinese market.

The Electronic Arts 2019 fourth-quarter earnings report provides more insight regarding the plan to bring Apex Legends to the mobile market by way of a third party: "We are in advanced negotiations to bring Apex Legends to China and to mobile," the report says, "and we will [provide updates] on time frames when those negotiations are concluded."

This plan is potentially further reinforced earlier in the report: "On mobile, we’ll have new titles going into early user testing this year, ensuring that we’re giving players more time to test and give feedback before we go live globally." Granted, this statement could apply to any of EA's mobile properties, not necessarily to an upcoming release of Apex Legends.

As far as can be told, Electronic Arts and Respawn may plan to start Apex Legends mobile testing early in order to gather performance and bug data from users. As the beta pool continues to grow, the game could be primed for a proper global release within the next fiscal year. If that model sounds familiar, it's because it's largely the same path followed by other battle royale games.

Beyond these "advanced negotiations," there are no additional details about Apex Legends releasing for mobile devices. Electronic Arts clearly has plans in the works, however, and if details in the earnings report concerning new mobile game testing apply, it's possible that Apex Legends mobile could launch sometime in 2019. Either way, be sure to keep it tuned here to Shacknews for further updates.

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