Apex Legends hits 50 million players in first month

Apex Legends has 50 million players worldwide just four weeks after its surprise launch on Feb. 4, developer Respawn Entertainment announced Monday.

It's the latest impressive feat for the battle royale game, which had 1 million players in the first eight hours and 2.5 million in 24 hours of release.

Respawn CEO Vince Zampella posted about the news on Twitter after the numbers were made public Monday.

"Thank you to the 50 million players that have shown up in the first month since Apex Legends launched!" Zampella tweeted. "You have all made this something special and there's much more to come!"

The success outpaces the numbers of even the most popular battle royale to-date. Fortnite, according to a post from developer Epic Games in October 2017, surpassed 10 million players two weeks after launch, while Apex eclipsed that number just three days after Respawn released the free-to-play title. PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, a retail game, took six months to hit the 10 million mark when it was at a $30 price tag.

Fortnite has had more than 200 million players of its battle royale mode since launch, which means Apex still has a ways to go before fully surpassing the rival title.

Apex Legends is available for free on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC.

-- Field Level Media