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The mobile gaming community received word on April 19 that not only is Apex Legends coming to mobile devices, but that regional betas are coming soon, according to Respawn Entertainment.
The regional betas are simply the start for the full version of Apex Legends Mobile. The developers at Respawn Entertainment want to start slow, only allowing a few thousand players in select regions at first. This will be followed by a larger inclusion later in the year.
Apex Legends Mobile announced
The starting regions for the mobile version include India and the Philippines. There will be a “series of smaller closed beta tests” in these two regions, with only a few thousand players able to join. The official release date for these tests is Spring of 2021. As of right now, only Android users are allowed in the beta.
As time goes on, more tests, regions and support for iOS will release. There is no timetable as of yet for when this wave of tests will go live, but the developers stated that pre-registering will go live beforehand. Players can stay tuned to Apex Legends social media accounts for all updates.
The exact details for the mobile version haven’t been fully revealed. However, the port will feature the same battle royale — though on a touchscreen — and it will be optimized with fully fleshed-out controls and graphics. Also, it will be free-to-play, just like the original. It won’t have cross-play enabled, so mobile players won’t be able to play with users on other platforms. This is to ensure that mobile players are kept in a safe space from PC and console players with years of experience under their belts.
Fans of Apex Legends are in for a great year. Season 9 of the title releases on May 4 and the mobile version should roll out later this year.
Joey Carr is a full-time writer for multiple esports and gaming websites. He has 6+ years of experience covering esports and traditional sporting events, including DreamHack Atlanta, Call of Duty Championships 2017, and Super Bowl 53.