Apex Legends set for Steam release

Apex Legends set for Steam release

Respawn and Electronic Arts' free-to-play battle royale title Apex Legends is making the leap to Steam late this year.

The publishing giant revealed the news at its EA Play event, bringing the game to Valve's platform this autumn. Apex Legends is getting cross-play, too, meaning that Steam users can compete with those on Origin, PSN and Xbox Live.

Game director Chad Grednier also revealed that the battle royale hit was coming to Nintendo Switch, but it's not clear if that platform will have cross-play with the aforementioned services.

The trailer for the upcoming Lost Treasures season of content also said that Apex Legends had been played by more than 70m players, meaning that the userbase hasn't risen dramatically since EA first revealed that milestone in October 2019.

Apex Legends launched in February 2019 and quickly drew in a huge number of players and making a huge amount of cash. In May 2020, Respawn announced that it was setting up a new studio focused on the battle royale title in Vancouver, Canada.

Apex Legends coming to Steam is part of a new wave of titles that EA is bringing to Valve's platform. Since 2011, the publisher has opted to launch its PC titles on its own Origin service. 

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