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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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Monsters Invade Fortnite Battle Royale in Fortnitemares 2018

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The seasonal Halloween event Fortnitemares returns again this year to mega-popular online shooter Fortnite. The event adds new Cube Monsters, outfits, and weapons as well as its own set of challenges. Fortnitemares 2018 will last for about a month.

Fortnitemares 2018 actually borrows from the game’s less popular co-op Save the World mode. AI monsters are now invading the PVP world of Fortnite Battle Royale, spawning from a mysterious cube in the world. The enemies will drop some nice loot if you can brave the distraction.

The new purchasable Deadfire skin is also more than just a cosmetic outfit. It features its own progression system. That means it will actually update and change styles based on how much damage players deal as well as how long they can stay alive. The Deadfire outfit includes the Shackled Stone Back Bling. The matching Dark Shard pickaxe is sold separately.

New weapons include the Six Shooter and Fiend Hunter Crossbow.

The event will also add new challenges that will unlock their own cosmetic items. But this time the challenges will change every few days. The first set of challenges are as follows:

  • Destroy Cube Monsters
  • Deal damage with Assault Rifles or Pistols to Cube Monsters
  • Visit a Corrupted Area in different matches
  • Dance at different Gargoyles

Completing the final set of challenges earns you the spiffy Dark Engine glider.

Fortnite Save the World also benefits from the Fortnitemares Update with multiple story quests and rewards.

Fortnite is available on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, iOS, and Android. It’s rated T for Teen.

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Get Extra Fortnite Goodies in New Nintendo Switch Bundle

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Nintendo has announced a new Fortnite-themed Nintendo Switch bundle. Fortnite Battle Royale is free-to-play, so the bundle includes in-game currency and some unique cosmetic items and equipment. The Fortnite Switch Bundle retails for the standard Switch price of $299. It will be available on October 3.

The bundle includes 1,000 V-Bucks (about $10 of in-game currency) and the Double Helix Set. The Double Helix Set consists of a unique character outfit, back bling, glider, and pickaxe, as shown on the box. The V-Bucks are enough to purchase one season’s Battle Pass, which cost 950 V-Bucks.

If you’re playing Fortnite regularly, you want the Battle Pass to be able to unlock new items and rewards as you play. Fortnite Battle Royale is currently in the middle of season five.

Fortnite is currently enjoying the status of being one of the most popular and well-known games on the planet. The Battle Royale mode is free-to-play, and pits 100 players in a free-for-all match for the last person standing.

Players drop onto an island and must scavenge for supplies and weapons while staying alive against an ever-shrinking zone of play. Its art style, intuitive gameplay, and the fact that it’s free has proven particularly popular with kids, teens, and young people. It also makes for an entertaining spectator sport. It’s rated T for Teen. Read our Parental Guide to Fortnite for more information.

Fortnite is primarily supported through seasonal Battle Passes. Players can purchase these to unlock a series of progressive rewards while playing. Each Battle Pass costs about $10, and seasons generally last a few months.

Fortnite launched on Switch earlier this summer. The Fortnite Switch Bundle will arrive on October 3.