Electronic Arts (EA) has announced that Apex Legends will launch a mobile variant, with regional beta tests for the game expected to take place this month.
The game, simply titled Apex Legends Mobile, will feature similar gameplay mechanics to its PC edition but will be adapted for mobile devices.
Chad Grenier, Apex Legends’ Game Director, noted in a release that India and the Philippines will be the first markets to take part in the beta tests. The first tests are expected to only include a ‘few thousand’ players in the mentioned markets, with a more global release scheduled over the course of the year.
Apex Legends Mobile will only be available on Android devices. However, Grenier has revealed that the game will get iOS support later this year.
Since being released in 2019, Apex Legends has secured partnerships with the likes of Lenovo and PGL, whilst also established its own esports ecosystem. This year EA revealed that the 2021 Apex Legends Global Series (ALGS) Championship will feature a $1m (£725,368) prize pool.
Apex Legends Mobile will not share cross-platform capabilities, with the developers noting that the title is built specifically for mobile devices. The game itself will be free-to-play and features a separate Battle Pass system with its own set of unlockables, cosmetics, and in-game items.
As of this writing, there have been no hints as to Apex Legends Mobile’s esports plans. However, the announcement continues to highlight the growth of mobile games, both internationally and in western markets.
Esports Insider says: Apex Legends Mobile definitely offers a new competitive experience for mobile players. It comes as no surprise that the beta testing is being planned in Southeast Asia, a region known for being the mobile gaming centre of the world. If testing is successful, it is also very likely that the game’s esports plans could be revealed in the near future.