Everyone knows by now how hugely successful and awesome Apex Legends is. Released out of the blue earlier this month, Apex Legends is the battle royale game that is taking the world by storm. The game isn’t available on Steam, but that hasn’t stopped many gamers from looking for it. Some of these gamers have mistaken another game for Apex Legends on Steam and paid R175 for it.
Let’s get one thing straight, this incident isn’t due to some kind of Apex Legends knockoff that is trying to cash in on the success of Respawn’s battle royale title. Instead, it seems to be one big misunderstanding due to a similar-looking logo, “Apex” in the title and language barrier issues.
The game that has been mistaken for Apex Legends on Steam is Apex Construct, an action-adventure VR title developed by Fast Travel Games. Apex Construct released all the way back in March 2018, nearly a year before the release of Apex Legends. Nothing about the game’s logo has changed, nor does it even fall into the battle royale category.
To clear things up and explain the situation, Fast Travel Games talked about the issue on Reddit, stating that:
Just wanted to share a funny story with you, hope that’s OK:-) As you are most likely aware, the free-to-play, Battle Royale game Apex Legends was released last week. Not only does the name resembles our own VR game Apex Construct, the logos are also strikingly similar (ours came first though!)
Since the launch of Apex Legends on Feb 4, visits to our store page on Steam has increased with over 4000% – and Legends isn’t even available on Steam at all, it’s an EA Origin exclusive! What makes it even weirder is that we sold more units of Apex Construct in China the last seven days than during ALL of 2018 – apparently people are prepared to buy what they think is Apex Legends for $29.99, even thought it’s a free-to-play title… Most likely these units will be refunded, but our books look pretty good at the moment.
There is a downside to this of course – we have received a lot of negative user reviews from Chinese buyers who feel they have been scammed, even though we have done nothing wrong! Fortunately the Steam Community team is looking into this right now. Somewhere, there are massive misunderstandings going on.
Thankfully, there is a thing called Steam refunds, so people that mistakenly bought Apex Legends should get their money back. Even so, it is pretty weird, as even with a language barrier, you can still see the game isn’t free-to-play like Apex Legends is.
In related news, Titanfall 2’s player base has reportedly seen a nice boost since the launch of Apex Legends, with gamers encouraging those who enjoy Apex Legends to give Titanfall 2 a shot. Let’s face it, Titanfall 2 released around the same time as Battlefield 1 and that really hurt the game, but it is fantastic.
What do you think about the fact that some gamers have mistaken Apex Construct for Apex Legends on Steam and actually bought the game? Let us know in the comment section below.