I click play.
Easy anticheat launcher loads the blue bar all the way to the end. (I see it on in task manager)
It goes away. (If it was working normally it'd load up the actual apex legends game now)
The Origin Client pops up onto my screen. (The easy anticheat launcher disappears from task manager)
Nothing happens. Game does not play.
I've tried reinstalling both Origin and Apex.
I've tried turning off various malware protections and windows defender.
I've tried repairing Apex.
I've tried starting it in a different language.
I've tried just directly joining a friend's game.
The only thing that ever happens is that the Origin Client shows up instead of the game.
I have another laptop that I 'can' load the game up on, but it's not strong enough to play it well. It's just this laptop for some reason that I have the problem. I was able to play normally a few days / a week ago. I don't know what changed.
Wait, I think I found a solution.
Recently Hitman Pro was added to this laptop. I went and manually added the Apex Legends exe, the easy anti cheat exe, and the origin exe as exclusions. The game loaded now. Hopefully it still plays fine