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The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast: Apex Legends and the safety of a surprise launch

Plus, we discuss the success of Kingdom Hearts III and the ongoing debate around Metro Exodus' exclusivity deal with the Epic Games Stores

The latest episode of The GamesIndustry.biz Podcast is available to download now, in which Chris, Charlotte, James and Haydn gather to discuss the biggest news of the past few days.

We kick off the episode with the surprising (or is it?) success of Kingdom Hearts 3, having shipped five million copies worldwide and broken series records in various territories.

Following Chris' article, we also debate Electronic Arts' strategy in releasing Apex Legends, the new free-to-play battle royale game in the Titanfall universe, with little to no pre-launch fanfare, and the various factors that might deter a publisher from running a months-long promotional campaign ahead of such a release.

Microsoft's plans to bring Xbox Live support to Nintendo Switch and mobile are in tune with predictions we have previously made about the strengthening relationship between the two platform holders.

And finally, we ponder the latest in the heated discussion around Epic Games Store and its timed exclusivity deal for Metro Exodus.

You can listen to our latest episode below, subscribe to our RSS feed, or download the file directly here. It is also available via Spotify, iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, Overcast, Player FM, TuneIn and other widely-used podcast platforms.

All our previous episodes can be found here.

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