A New APEX Predator?

It has been about a couple of weeks since the Release of the new Battle Royale game APEX Legends. Developed by Respawn, the minds behind the Titanfall franchise, it took the gaming world by storm. It boosted a 10 million unique player base in just three days, and hit 25 million players in a little over a week.

A perfect blend of classes and classic BR game play, Apex Legends is on the verge of breaking even more records. It has already hosted its first tournament, with Ninja, King Richard, and breakout APEX player Dizzy taking home the bragging rights from Twitch Rivals. It hosts insane viewership numbers on Twitch, YouTube, Mixer, and various other streaming platforms.

However the question on everyone’s mind: “Is this the Fortnite Killer?”

As the Battle Royale (BR) genre has come to the forefront, we have seen this cycle. A BR is doing well, a new BR comes out, and the previous BR dies a terrible, horrible death. Well, not really, but close enough. When Player Unknown’s Battle Ground (PUBG) came out, we saw the decline of H1Z1. When Fortnite came out, well saw the decline of PUBG. We saw several other games, such as Realm Royale and Radical Heights, attempt to take the crown from Fortnite, but none of them were successful. Enter Apex.

For those of you out of the loop, Fortnite is the leading BR game on the market. The first game to bring cross platform gaming out into the open, and set the standard for free-to-play gaming. It’s unique building mechanic really brings out the beauty of the game. However, recently they have released many items and game-play mechanics that the general public and the competitive community have asked them to fix. Funny enough, once Apex released and a lot of the normal fan base switched, they began fixing things fans complained about, but is it enough?

Here is my conclusion: APEX LEGENDS IS NOT THE FORTNITE KILLER.

But, Crush, “IT’S SO MUCH BETTER!”I say no, it’s not. It’s different, it’s innovative, it’s a great game. But it is not “better.” These games, while direct competitors, have the possibility to COEXIST. I said it. They can exist within the same space. They have two very distinct play styles, and a variety of features that make them stand apart from each other. However, I see Apex Legends as being more of an e-sport. It is more watchable, and the differentiation in the class system makes established roles of the players more important, including things like tank, healer, and overall DPS. It is designed to be a TEAM game (they only have 3 vs 3 at this time. I see Fortnite appealing more to the casual players that just want to goof off and have a fun. You cant take away anything that they have done, and the cross platform thing kinda helps with all of that. Either way, it will be an interesting journey to see which of these games comes out on top. What are your thoughts? Is Apex Legends the Fortnite Killer? What do you think about either game? Let us know in the comments below!

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