Not too long ago, Respawn Entertainment design director Mackey McCandlish explained that the studio hoped to make the recently released battle royale title Apex Legends have so much longevity that it becomes a 10-year game. In order to do this, the developer would need to imbue the title with a lot of post-launch assets to keep players coming back for more, and it looks like one way of fulfilling this could be incorporating new and bigger maps down on the line.
According to Respawn Entertainment co-founder and CEO Vince Zampella, the studio is "chasing fun" with the creation of Apex Legends, and it tried both bigger and smaller maps before eventually settling on what is currently the game's only playable area of Kings Canyon. This could change, though, as the Respawn head stated in a recent interview, "We’ll probably release other maps that are bigger if we decide they’re fun."
As many battle royale aficionados would likely be quick to point out, should Apex Legends decide to add more maps in the future, it wouldn't be the first game within the genre to do so. After all, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds–arguably the title that caused this recent resurgence of battle royale's popularity–has included the four separate areas of Erangel, Miramar, Sanhok, and Vikendi, with each containing their own uniquely designed biomes.
At any rate, we will simply have to wait and see if Apex Legends manages to both grow and sustain a solid player base for long enough to even justify the addition of new maps in the future. The game does show promise in this respect, as the title saw its player count top 10 million over the course of its first 72 hours, but of course, there's always the chance that number could diminish over time if fans wind up losing interest once more games start to come out over the course of 2019 and beyond.
Apex Legends is available now for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.