Apex Legends in 2021: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
It’s been two years since the launch of Apex Legends. Having one of the most successful launches in recent history, EA’s Battle Royale gets a lot of traction to this day.
While that might not compare to the 50 million new players it amassed during its first month, the numbers are still really high.
What was the reason for this huge success? You’ll have to read on to find out.
For many, Apex Legends didn’t have a marketing strategy. And this is partially true.
While people knew that EA was making a Battle Royale game, nobody knew any information about it. EA never set a release date. That’s why most people were shocked when the game dropped on February 4, 2019.
Suddenly, huge Twitch streamers of the time, like Tyler “Ninja” Blevins and Michael “Shroud” Grzesiek were spending hours every day playing Apex Legends.
There was even a Twitch Rivals event before the game was even out for a month, where tons of streamers took part.
And while influencer marketing is a small part of a marketing strategy, EA took it a step further by focusing only on this part. That’s why Ninja got paid $1 million to play the game on Day One.
Their stunt or strategy is known as “influencer marketing.”
With this type of marketing, the publisher doesn’t focus on the hype of the player base. Nobody apart from Respawn Entertainment knew that the game was ready for release.
So, the stage was set for Apex’s long-term success. All Respawn had to do was publish frequent and well-planned updates. Did they do that?
The answer is yes. Apex Legends has had 7 major updates throughout its lifetime, with its 8th update set to release later this year. Let’s take a closer look at the development of Apex Legends.
(Start Date: Feb. 4, 2019 / End Date: March 19, 2019)
Nicknamed as “Season 0,” the first 6 weeks of the game was the first introduction of Apex Legends to the gaming community.
There were only 8 Legends available (6 of which were free for everyone: Wraith, Bloodhound, Lifeline, Bangalore, Pathfinder, Gibraltar, and 2 of which you could buy (Mirage and Caustic) with Apex Coins or Legend Tokens).
Season 1: Wild Frontier
(Start Date: March 19, 2019 / End Date: June 18, 2019)
This was the very first season of Apex.
It was during this season that the first new Legend, named Octane, was introduced. It was also the season when the first battle pass became available.
There were also several bug fixes with the new season, as well as adjustments to certain Legends’ hitboxes.
Season 2: Battle Charge
(Start Date: July 2, 2019 / End Date: Oct. 1, 2019)
Season 2 was the first season to add some more excitement to the story of Apex. The map (King’s Canyon), was intruded on by leviathans and flyers, who destroyed parts of the map, like Cascades and Bridge.
The ranked mode was also introduced, where players could rise through the ranks up until Apex Predator.
Season 3: Meltdown
(Start Date: Oct. 1, 2019 / End Date: Feb. 4, 2020)
Continuing on the development of the Story, Respawn introduced a new Legend, Crypto, who tried to destroy the map. So this is where a new map called “World’s Edge” was added.
The most exciting feature of that map was the train that was traveling all over the map, allowing for some amazing mobility. It’s also the season that saw the introduction of the Charge Rifle, an overpowered sniper rifle, that was quickly nerfed.
Season 4: Assimilation
(Start Date: Feb. 4, 2020 / End Date: May 12, 2020)
While Season 4 didn’t feature any major changes on the base game, a fan-favorite Legend (Revenant) was introduced.
However, the Ranked Mode saw a near overhaul. A new tier was introduced, named Master tier. The top tier, Apex Predator, was capped at 500 players per platform.
So, there were only 1500 Apex Predators in the entire game. But, they had to be the best of the best, otherwise, they would drop down to Master.
Season 5: Fortune’s Favor
(Start Date: May 12, 2020 / End Date: Aug. 18, 2020)
Season 5 saw some story development, with Loba being introduced. Loba is seeking revenge against Revenant, who killed her family. The ranked mode saw no changes, other than the feature to reconnect if you lost connection to the game.
Just like every other season, a new battle pass was introduced. Sadly, our favorite drop zones on King’s Canyon, Skull Town, and Thunderdome were destroyed.
Season 6: Boosted
(Start Date: Aug. 18, 2020 / End Date: Nov. 4, 2020)
Just like every other season, Season 6 saw the introduction of a new legend named Rampart.
World’s Edge got an update, and a new battle pass was added. “Holo-Sprays” became available, which allowed players to upgrade their gear.
A new weapon was also introduced. If any of you have played Titanfall 2, you’ll know Volt SMG. This became available in Apex Legends, while the normal armor was removed entirely, with Evo shields taking their place.
Season 7: Ascension
(Start Date: Nov. 4, 2020 / End Date: Feb. 2, 2021)
Season 7 saw the introduction of Horizon, who quickly became a fan-favorite for her mobility and an ultimate ability.
This season also included Olympus, a brand new map, which came along with Tridents, a vehicle that an entire squad could use.
As always, a new battle pass was introduced. Apex was also launched on Steam. But OG fans were saddened to see King’s Canyon leave the map rotation.
Season 8: Mayhem (Start Date: Feb. 2, 2021 / End Date: To Be Announced)
While Season 8 didn’t see any significant changes, our favorite Aussie, Fuse, became a part of the Apex Games. Along with Fuse came a new semi-rifle, named 30-30 Repeater.
It was during the start of the season that the number of Apex Predators was increased. Now, 750 players on each platform could reach the illustrious Apex Predator tier.
And, if that wasn’t enough, King’s Canyon was introduced back into the map rotation, to the rejoice of everyone.
Season 9 [To Be Announced]
While nobody knows what to expect from the upcoming season, many have speculated that pilotable mechs are set to be introduced.
This is backed up by Chad Grenier, a game designer for Respawn Entertainment, who said that there will be “major things” coming into the new season that no one expects.
While each season has had its ups and downs, we have to say that you won’t always find the best teammates. Unfortunately, Apex Legends doesn’t have a solo mode (apart from the newly introduced no-fill mode). So, you’ll have to rely on your teammates to perform well.
And how will you be able to do that?
How to Find Friends to Play Apex Legends With or Against
Looking for new friends (LFF), teammates (LFM), groups (LFG), teams (LFT), or clans (LFC)?
Here are the three fastest and most effective ways to achieve just that.
A) In-game Friend Request
Let’s say that you found a nice teammate. Friendly? Check. Good at the game? Check.
Well, you can just send them a friend request. And they don’t even have to be playing on the same platform.
So it’s really simple. If you’re on PC, you can just click on the bottom right corner, and select the “Add Friend” option. You’ll have to input your friend’s Origin ID, or PSN username, or Xbox Live Gamertag, to add them.
Depending on your friends’ platform, you’ll see a computer or a controller icon, for PC and Playstation/Xbox, respectively.
Once you’ve added them as friends, the only thing you’ll need to do is invite them. You can do that by going on your friends’ list. If you’ve done that successfully, you should see an “invite sent” message under their name.
It’s that simple. But what if you want to meet some new players?
Then Discord is a great choice!
B) Top 5 Apex Legends Discord Servers
While forums used to be used to find new players, they’ve become obsolete. Most people use Discord to find some new friends to play their favorite games with. Even if you searched on the subreddit r/apexlegends, you wouldn’t find many players who are interested to play with you.
There are, however, plenty of Discord servers that are dedicated to doing that. So, these are the top 5 Apex Legends Discord Servers we could find:
5) The Apex Longue: This is a smaller Apex Legends community with just 500 members. I would recommend them if you like more close-knit servers.
4) The Amazing World of Apex Gamers: The self-proclaimed “amazing server full of wonderful people playing mainly apex legends” even has bonus anime/animal/photos/cooking channels (maybe that’s your thing).
3) Apex Legends Consoles: As you can imagine, this is the discord server dedicated to players who play Apex Legends on Playstation, Xbox, and Nintendo Switch.
2) Apex Legends UNofficial Discord Server: Find mates to play with, recruit clan members, or promote yourself… That’s all you can do on the second biggest/best Apex Legends Discord server.
Do Apex Legends have an official Discord Server?
1) Apex Legends OFFICIAL Discord Server:
I consider the official discord servers are often the best.
The numbers speak for themselves: at the time of this writing; it has almost 500,000 members (which +100,000 are online). The developers put some effort to create and sustain such a big Discord community, so why not leverage that?
They have both regional and platform channels (including one for OCE players).
C) G1 Community
How could a brand new community outstand platforms such as Reddit and Discord?
First of all, players often choose others to play with when they are able to see their performance. And the G1 community helps you to do exactly that.
Create your profile in seconds and showcase your skills as you would do in your portfolio.
Besides, you can benefit from the “guides” and “trips-&-tricks” content posted on the discussion boards.
Second, it boosts your way up by putting you in front of teams and sponsors.
More often than not, top-tier professional teams post about their recruitment efforts online, but it can be easy to miss if you aren’t on Twitter or Reddit all day long.
At the G1 platform, we’ll keep you updated on new team and clan tryouts!
Apex Legends Esports Scene (Competitive Play)
Apex Legends is a pretty big deal in the esports community. Many of the largest esports organizations, like 100 Thieves, took quick notice of the potential of the game for the esports scene.
The developers themselves introduced a clan feature in Season 6, which came to the surprise and joy of most competitive players.
Before clans were introduced, players who had a competitive approach to the game could join different clans on Reddit and other platforms (like the100.io).
But if you want to get into the esports side of Apex Legends, you have to be good at the game.
So, let’s take a look at some stats for the Ranked mode, considered by many as the only true competitive game mode.
Lett’s have a look at the RP it costs for each match, according to your tier:
Bronze matches: free
Silver matches: 12RP
Gold matches: 24RP
Platinum matches: 36RP
Diamond matches: 48RP
Master matches: 60RP
Apex Predator matches: 60RP
Old-time players can notice ranked mode was recently changed. Apex Predator used to be the highest tier, before being replaced by Master. Now, there are only 750 Apex Predators on each platform.
So, if you think you might be able to reach that point, then good news for you: Apex Legends has received a lot of esports coverage since the first stages of its lifetime.
Twitch Rivals: APEX Legends Challenge and Code Red Apex Legends were the very first official Apex Legends tournaments.
Have you followed any of these? Or do you define yourself more as a casual gamer?
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