EA has announced plans to release a version of their popular battle royale game on smartphones, as tougher Chinese restrictions hit PUBG.
Whatever other problems they’ve had recently, Apex Legends has been an instant hit for EA. And as you can imagine they’re keen to make the most of it.
While announcing their fourth quarter financial results they mentioned plans to bring Apex Legends to mobile devices and to release it in China.
Given how other battle royale games have evolved both objectives seem a no-brainer, although China may be more difficult than they think – especially if PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is anything to go by.
EA claim to be in ‘advanced negotiations to bring Apex Legends to China’ but PUBG has just been told that it cannot release its game in the country.
PUBG fell foul of a new, stricter content restrictions in China, which ban things like blood and portraying China’s imperial past, and also dock points for not espousing the supposed socialist principles of the current regime.
As a result, PUBG has given up and publishing partner Tencent is instead going with a clone called Game For Peace, which is a tactical shooter made in China which goes out of its way to glorify the Chinese military.
As for the mobile version of Apex Legends, EA has offered no details and there are no screenshots so far. It’s possible it could be unveiled at E3 though, as although EA are technically not at the event they have a nearby show of their own and are planning several livestreams next month.
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