According to numerous online reports, the mobile version of Apex Legends is currently being developed by Tencent, with Respawn Entertainment supervising the whole process. Now, we already knew that Apex Legends mobile was in the pipeline, but we didn’t know who was tasked with the honor of developing it. The fact that EA and Respawn have delegated such a responsibility to Tencent tells us two important things: they mean business and they want it done correctly.
This, in short, is absolutely stellar news for Apex fans across the globe as it basically guarantees pristine execution. Mobile games developed by Tencent (and their subsidiary TiMi Studios) are the de facto best mobile games on the market. They’re the most feature-rich, the most polished, and often the most egregious when it comes to in-game advertising. Still, you can’t have the good without the bad, and so far it’s been a pretty acceptable trade-off. It seems as though everyone turning to Tencent for their mobile gaming needs: they’ve already made Call of Duty Mobile for Activision, along with PUBG Mobile, Diablo: Immortal, Arena of Valor, LoL: Wild Rift (in tandem with Riot), and a bevy of other exceptional titles.
They’re seemingly the only corporation in the world that can make these ports without any apparent effort. They’re the fastest and have the most resources to work with, which is why they’ve yet to fumble, despite taking on some obscenely large projects and intellectual properties. And sure, Tencent might have a monopoly on the whole market, but at least they’re doing good work.
All in all, Apex fans have a reason for optimism knowing that their beloved IP is in good hands.
Apex Legends Mobile | What We Know So Far
First of all, the game is supposed to drop at some point during 2021. Now, granted, that’s a pretty broad time frame, but it seems that Tencent and Respawn plan on having a soft launch of sorts in select markets (China and Japan) in around three or four months. As for hardware requirements, an iPhone with an A11 Bionic (or above) is the bare minimum. If you’re an Android user, however, you’ll need a device with a Snapdragon 625 SoC if you’re looking to join in on the fun. This, of course, is just the bare minimum (low settings). If you want a more enjoyable experience, an A12 (which is vastly superior to the A11) and a Snapdragon 835 would be your best (and most budget-friendly) options.
If you’re not into touch controls — and yet want to game on the go — then going with the Nintendo Switch would be your best option. Apex is scheduled for release on March 9th, so mark your calendars!
Finally, the only question mark left, is what kind of a port we’re going to get. Because of the many hardware and software limitations, certain compromises will have to be made. Apex Legends, however, is a pretty complex game. How it’ll all transition onto mobile is anyone’s guess at this point. How big of map will we be playing on? Will all Legends make the cut, or will players start off with a more modest cast? There are so many ways in which Tencent and Respawn can take this, and yet we have such a meagre amount of information to work with. Fortunately, we won’t have to wait for long to find out! As always, we’ll bring you any updates from the moment they hit the web!