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Apex Legends Hits 10 Million Players

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Last week EA and Respawn Entertainment surprised everyone by announcing, and immediately releasing, a fully-formed battle royale-style multiplayer shooter based on the Titanfall series.

In the week since, Apex Legends has become a smash hit. After only 72 hours, Respawn Entertainment declared that over 10 million players had played the game, including 1 million players logged in at the same time.

“This has been a truly incredible journey. We knew it would be risky to take the franchise in this direction, to go free to play, and do a surprise launch. But we fell in love with Apex Legends and wanted, needed, other people to play it too,” says Vince Zampella, co-founder, Respawn Entertainment.  “From all of us at Respawn, thank you for giving us and Apex Legends a chance. Thank you for joining us on this journey.”

The elephant in the room is comparing Apex Legends’ explosive success to Fortnite’s currently huge popularity in the genre. In fact, it took Fortnite about two weeks to hit the same number of players.

EA and Respawn utilized a modern approach to marketing: live streams and influencers. This strategy paid off with a genre that lives and dies by its popularity. Some of the most popular streamers, such as Ninja and Dr. Disrespect, have completely switched from Fortnite to Apex Legends. And it helps that the game is quite good.

Interestingly, Apex Legends has gained popularity with Twitch audiences, yet Fortnite’s have not decreased. This suggests that Apex Legends may be bringing more newcomers into the genre instead of poaching Fortnite fans.

Apex Legends still has a long way to go before it can challenge Fortnite’s 200 million-strong players for king of the battle royale genre.

Apex Legends is available for free, with optional in-game purchases, on PC (Origin), PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. It’s rated T for Teen for Blood and Violence.

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LEGO Marvel Collection Assembles Three Marvel LEGO Games

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Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and TT Games, along with The LEGO Group and Marvel Entertainment, have announced the LEGO Marvel Collection. This new compilation combines three Marvel LEGO video games in one package: LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (2013), LEGO Marvel’s Avengers (2016), and LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 (2017), as well as all their DLC.

LEGO Marvel Collection will be available for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on March 12.

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes is the bestselling LEGO game, and that’s really saying something. It released on both last gen and current gen consoles in 2013 and featured over 150 characters from all over the Marvel universe. The story centered on the world-destroying Galactus coming to Earth, prompting heroes and villains to team up and work together.

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes is also notable for including the full Marvel comics roster, including the X-Men and Fantastic Four. More recent Marvel games tend to focus squarely on the Avengers from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

LEGO Marvel’s Avengers was a more focused game that directly retold the events of the first two Avengers movies and many MCU films, starring the heroes and villains from those films.

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 is a middle-ground between the two others, offering an expanded roster but still neglecting many characters outside of Marvel’s cinematic cope (like the X-Men and Fantastic Four). The gameplay is top notch, featuring an exciting hub world that includes multiple worlds, eras, and dimensions thanks to an invasion by the time-traveling Kang the Conqueror. The lengthy campaign is written by comic scribe Kurt Busiek.

The sequel also received a constant stream of movie and TV tie-in DLC, including Black Panther, Runaways, and Avengers: Infinity War.

The LEGO Marvel Collection will launch on March 12 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. All three games are rated E10+.

Kingdom Hearts 3 Sells 5 Million Copies in its First Week

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Square Enix has announced that Kingdom Hearts 3 has already sold over five million copies since its January 29 release. This makes it the fastest-selling Kingdom Hearts game in history.

Square Enix is including physical and digital sales across both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One platforms. With its unique Disney collaboration, Kingdom Hearts 3 has long been one of the most highly anticipated games. It’s no surprise that Kingdom Hearts 3 is the fastest-selling game in the series. The last game in the main series, Kingdom Hearts 2, released in 2005, before console games were even sold digitally.

Kingdom Hearts 3 reunites keyblade wielder Sora with Donald and Goofy in a story of light vs darkness. They’ll journey through more Disney worlds, and for the first time, Pixar worlds. These include more recent Disney franchises such as Frozen, Tangled, Monsters Inc, Big Hero 6, Toy Story, and Pirates of the Caribbean.

Sora will learn new keyblade transformations and summonable companions based on these Disney travels. He’ll need these powers and allies to combat the constant threat of the Heartless.

The Kingdom Hearts series has sold 25 million units worldwide. The series celebrated its 15th anniversary in 2017. Kingdom Hearts has remained relevant thanks to numerous handheld spin-offs over the last decade.

The sales numbers are impressive, but pale in comparison to some of Square Enix’s prolific mega-franchises such as Tomb Raider (67 million), Dragon Quest (76 million) and Final Fantasy (142 million).