Free games changing video game landscape

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Free games changing video game landscape

Free games like Apex Legends are taking over the gaming market.

Free games like Apex Legends are taking over the gaming market.

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Free games like Apex Legends are taking over the gaming market.

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Free games like Apex Legends are taking over the gaming market.

Connor Reiche, Staff Writer

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With the new emergence of free video games, fans are starting to question why they still have to buy some of their other favorite games.

Many cite Epic Games’ Fortnite, the most popular free game of all time. The game kicked off the trend of mainstream games becoming more accessible and free to play.

With Fortnite’s constant updates and free downloadable content almost weekly, fans remain content. Parallel to this, purchasable items like costumes, which only serve decorational purposes, are available in the game, but do not enhance the player’s ability.

However, most fans will not be pleased with only one game being free to play. Many fans are beginning to question mainstream video game companies, like Activision and EA, about the cost of their games.

If the most popular current video game is free to play, why charge fans for any other less popular game?

To follow up, EA’s February release, Apex Legends, another battle-royale game like Fortnite, boasts free gameplay.

Again, Apex Legends offers “cosmetic” in-game purchases that give the player outfits or weapon camos.

Apex Legends reached 25 million worldwide players after just one week of official launch. At this rate, free games with unnecessary purchases are growing more popular and defying the standards of other video games, often-priced at $59.99.

Fans are speculating about the true worth of other popular games, like Call of Duty, Madden, and NBA2K. The curiosity of the situation intensifies because free games are growing even more popular than EA and Activision’s fan-favorites.