Electronic Arts has announced that it is moving forward with some closed beta tests of the upcoming Apex Legends Mobile in selected regions.
The beta test is due to begin only in India and the Philippines for now, but will be expanded to more territories as time goes on.
The initial beta will only include a few thousand players to kick things off, but will gradually get bigger as EA inches towards a full release. The beta will also become available on iOS at some point, though no date has been given for that yet.
EA has also revealed some details about Apex Legends Mobile which differentiate it from the PC and console version of the game that has been out for a couple of years now. We know it will designed specifically for mobile devices, featuring optimised controls for touchscreens and simpler graphics settings to ensure it runs smoothly on phones.
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This distinction means there is no cross-play functionality between Apex Legends Mobile and the versions available on PC and console, similar to other games like PUBG and Fortnite.
It’ll also have its own Battle Pass, featuring collectable cosmetics and unlockables which do not transfer over to other versions of the game. In a sense, you’ll be starting from scratch with Apex Legends Mobile.
On the other hand, EA has stated Respawn is working on the mobile port itself rather than outsource it to another developer. This ensures that mobile fans know this version of the game will be as close to Respawn’s intentions for the other versions of the games as much as possible.
“This is a huge moment for our team,” said Chad Grenier from Respawn. “Two years ago, we changed the landscape of the battle royale genre, and now we're aiming to do it again on mobile."
You’ll be able to grab Apex Legends Mobile from the iOS App Store and the Google Play for Android store in the near future, where it will be a free to play title with in-app purchases.