In a financial report released earlier today, Electronic Arts revealed that Apex Legends crossed 70 million players during what CEO Andrew Wilson calls “an excellent quarter” for the company.
It wasn’t just the publisher’s popular battle royale game title that did well during the quarter, with FIFA Ultimate Team, Madden Ultimate Team, and The Sims 4 also seeing significant increase in traction, according to the report. Seeing how well its live titles are doing, EA says that it intends to place greater focus on these moving forward.
“The strong results this quarter illustrate the power of our live services and our core franchises. Strength in Ultimate Team, The Sims 4 and FIFA Online drove live services performance above our expectations,” said COO and CFO Blake Jorgensen. “Looking ahead, we are doubling down on live services combined with our core franchises. We’re investing in games that people play for longer and engage with much more deeply. This focus will continue to drive growth and profitability for the company through the remainder of this year and beyond.”
The report comes a month after Apex Legends moved into its third season with an all-new map and a new legend. The new season has had a good first month, barring qualms with the new Charge Rifle weapon, which many believed to be overpowered. Developer Respawn Entertainment was quick to respond to the complaints, rolling out patches to balance the gun.
Two weeks ago, the game kicked off its “Fight or Fright” Halloween event, which featured a unique new “Shadowfall” game mode as well as exclusive tasks and cosmetics.