In a surprise announcement, Apex Legends developer Respawn Entertainment has announced the official release date for the battle royale title's first season and Battle Pass. This will see players rewarded with unique season 1 content such as the first legendary evolving weapon skin and more. And though this has just recently been revealed, the developers of Apex are already looking forward to future Battle Passes.
For the first season at least, Apex Legends' Battle Pass is tied to experience, in a manner similar to fellow BR titles, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds and Black Ops 4. And according to lead product manager Lee Horn, this is so newcomers can learn to play the game and adapt to its skill curve. In other words, it seems this first season of content and Battle Pass was meant to be a streamlined experience, but Horn also promises innovation moving forward.
Each season, Horn writes, will evolve alongside the Battle Pass, with the established intent is to be a trendsetter, not a trend follower. Horn alludes to Apex Legends' Ping System, the Jumpmaster, Respawns, and more to help prove the point, and it's worth mentioning that Apex's top competitor, Fortnite, has added and is looking into similar systems for its own BR title.
That goes both ways, however, as Horn also mentions the possibility of future Battle Passes including challenges, in a manner similar to Fortnite. After describing a challenge requiring a 720 backflip with two Wingman headshots in a tongue-in-cheek manner, Horn admits that they "think there's really cool design space in quests and challenges for future Battle Passes..." He stops short of describing any actual challenge ideas that the developers may be saving for future iterations, but Horn does end by stating that the developers are listening.
It's uncertain how a Fortnite-like Battle Pass and challenge system would be received in Apex Legends. Many may enjoy the secondary way to earn tiers on the Battle Pass, while others may feel as if it bogs down the fast-paced action of the BR title. Until these innovations are decided upon, however, it's all up in the air anyway.
Apex Legends is out now for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.