Firing on all cylinders suddenly sounds like an understatement for what Respawn are doing with Apex Legends, and their Steam numbers are soaring in Season 8.
Season 8: Mayhem kicked off on Tuesday, February 2, 2021, and the launch traditionally brought a new character and gun, as well as a spruced-up version of Kings Canyon. Well, if you can call demolition sprucing up, that is.
Apex Legends has been available on Steam since Season 7, and it definitely wasn't a slouch in terms of concurrent and peak players. Nevertheless, Season 8 has seen the team outdo themselves, hitting an all-time peak one day into S8.
According to SteamDB, Apex Legends has hit a 24-hour peak of 184,170, which is also their highest headcount on GabeN's platform.
Compared to January 2021, Apex Legends player count increased by 41 per cent, improving their all-time Steam record from 130,490 to 180,170, a jump of 50,000 and some change.
Now, it's no secret that live-service games live off of content drops, and the resulting peaks make it pretty easy to see any major updates by just looking at player engagement charts. Nevertheless, Respawn deserve all the credit in the world, as they continually upped their game from day one.
While they were getting ready to launch Season 8: Mayhem, the team cooked up a number of animated features and even wrote Pathfinder a book.
Yes, Pathfinder's Quest is a book about the tin can's search for his creator , where he interviews other legends in hope of finding clues. If you saw Stories from the Outlands: Fight Night, you've seen the sort of trouble he's gotten into, and the book explains all of it in Path's traditionally jolly manner.
You can listen to the prologue in the above link, or head over to
SteamDB for more stats