Respawn’s battle royale Apex Legends may have been released all the way back in 2019, but player statistics show that the game has just had its best month ever on Steam, with a peak player count of 392,998 – and that’s only part of the story.
The statistics showing the best peak player count for February 2022 come from Steam Charts, a website that monitors how many players are playing games from the Steam database, including tracking average, peak, and concurrent player counts for each game across time.
You might have realised, then, that these numbers don’t include the activity of individuals who play Apex Legends on other platforms. So not only does this not include the numerous versions of the game on consoles like PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and Nintendo Switch, but these figures also don’t show how many people play the game through Origin, EA’s own storefront.
The increased interest in Apex Legends is likely due to the game’s Season 12 update, which was released earlier in the month and brought with it some big changes. A new Legend called Mad Maggie joined the fray, there was a new limited-time mode called Control introduced, and a bunch of rewards for logging in to celebrate the game’s three-year anniversary.
It’s not every day that a game hits its highest recorded player count three years after releasing, so it seems that Apex Legends is only going from strength to strength, and that’s based solely on the game’s Steam activity. It will be interesting to see whether March can push the battle royale’s popularity to new heights when the Apex Legends Mobile release date rolls around in a few days.