Following EA’s announcement to launch Apex Legends Mobile beta this month, players in India have started receiving the closed beta starting today. However, the current scenario is quite confusing, as many of the players cannot install the game on their device from the Google Play Store, and they cannot play the game by installing it via APK either. So, let’s take a look at the current situation for Apex Legends Mobile in India.
Now for the uninitiated, EA’s Respawn Entertainment had been teasing the mobile version of its most popular Battle-Royale title, Apex Legends, for quite some time. The developers released the title on the Nintendo Switch platform recently. Now, they have started testing Apex Legends Mobile for Android users, who pre-registered earlier, in India.
Apex Legends Mobile Gameplay: First Impressions
As for the gameplay first, from what I’ve seen online, the game looks pretty good on mobile devices. At launch, only eight of the Legends will be available, of which 3 will be unlocked and 5 will be locked for players to unlock by playing the game. This includes Bloodhound, Gibraltar, Caustic, Bangalore, Wraith, Octane, and Wattson. In addition, there is only the Battle Royale mode with the “World’s Edge” map.
Moving on to the graphics aspect of Apex Legends Mobile, it seems that EA did a better job on this than on the Nintendo version. The gameplay is not choppy and there is minimal frame drop in them. However, as of now, the game has numerous bots and many of the players have a hard time understanding the fast-paced gameplay of the title on mobile devices.
Nonetheless, it looks quite fun, and the developers have made the control buttons quite intuitive and easy to use. For example, there is an on-screen button for crouching that turns into a button for sliding on the ground when your game character is running. Slide movement, if you weren’t aware of it, is something you can do in Apex Legends and it wasn’t there in games like PUBG Mobile, now banned in India. Although, COD Mobile added such a move in the game later.
How to install Apex Legends Mobile on Android?
Now if you think you can just install Apex Legends Mobile beta from the Play Store to start playing, think again! The beta release is somewhat confusing for gamers as many mobile gamers have not been able to install the game from the Google Play Store.
According to several screenshots shared on Twitter and other social media platforms, many of them receive device compatibility errors when trying to install the beta version from the Play Store. Also, the closed beta slots seem to be quite limited, with only a few players being able to enter.
Now although you can install the game on your Android device using a APK file, you will not be able to play it. The game installs successfully using the APK file attached here. However, when you start it I get an error message that says “You don’t have a license to play” and you must join the closed beta program and install the game through the Google Play Store. Anmol from our team tried this method, but to no avail!
So all you can do now is pre-sign up for the closed beta program on the Play Store and wait for EA to let you in. Well that’s pretty frustrating!
Meanwhile, Respawn also announced the release date for the upcoming Apex Legends season on PC and other game consoles. And with it comes a new permanent mode called Arenas that allows players to experience 3v3 combat in a closed region, a new Legend, and also a new weapon called “Bocek Bow”.
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