Our Apex Legends Battle Pass guide contains everything we know about the premium system, with Season 1 updates to come.
Apex Legends is a free to play battle royale game, and given those circumstances it's no surprise to learn that the developers intend to monetise it primarily through the use of a Battle Pass. If you've played much of Fortnite over the 12 months, you'll be very familiar with the concept here.
For those of you who have somehow missed that craze but are deep in Apex Legends, a Battle Pass is a way of working through objectives in order to unlock new shiny cosmetic rewards that are exclusive to the seasonal pass. There's an upfront cost, of course, but you have a very addictive roadmap of tasks and challenges to work through as you reach new reward tiers.
Even if you are familiar with this sort of thing, we thought it would be useful to put together a Battle Pass guide for Apex Legends which covers everything that's been confirmed so far. As more details emerge, we'll add it in here with a future update.
UPDATE: Battle Pass details leak
A user over on twitter by the name of @RealApexLeaks has leaked some information on Apex Legends' upcoming Battle Pass.
The first batch of leaks shows that the Battle Pass will likely have a separate menu page, a bonus for those who own it and a host of unlockable skins.
LEAK: Some leaks about the Battle Pass. Ill explain the pics in their order.1) Looks like the Buttons2) Will have a separate menu page/option3) Battle Pass Bonus4) Skins confirmed as one of the cosmetics#ApexLegends #ApexPartner #ApexLegendsBattleRoyale #ApexLegendsleaks pic.twitter.com/8hnodvTAVoApex Legends - News Leaks (@RealApexLeaks) March 10, 2019
We'd say the mysterious bonus being referred to here is a permanent EXP boost for those who own the premium pass.
Moving onto the second batch of leaks and it looks like there will be a free pass and a premium pass(just like Fornite). What's more, there's a "Diamond" level for premium Battle Pass holders too.
LEAK: Some icons related to the Battle Pass were also found.1) Icon for free Pass2) Probably the paid one (called Level Diamond)3) Details Box ?!?!#ApexLegends #Apex #ApexLegendsBattleRoyale #ApexLegendsleaks #ApexLegendsClips #apexlegendscommunity #ApexPartner pic.twitter.com/qudFCCjM3qApex Legends - News Leaks (@RealApexLeaks) March 10, 2019
It's unknown what the differences will be between the free and premium Battle Pass, but it's likely that the free version won't have anywhere near as many cosmetic unlocks or EXP boost rewards. We imagine the "Diamond" level being referred to here is one of the highest tiers you can unlock in the premium Battle Pass.
Confirmed changes coming with Season 1
Respawn recently unveiled it's first major patch for Apex Legends, which not only included a few tweaks to weapons and Legends, but also shared details on its plans for Season 1.
Here's a breakdown of all the upcoming Legend tweaks:
Major balance changes:
- Hit box size reductions and optimizations for Caustic, Pathfinder and Gibraltar
- We’re better sizing hitboxes to character gear & model
- Since these adjustments have a MAJOR impact on the game, we want to make sure there aren't any major bugs, so we didn’t want to rush them out
- If these adjustments prove to be insufficient, we’ll consider additional adjustments during Season 1
Minor balance changes:
- Traps - Reduced cooldown to 25 seconds from 30 seconds
- Traps - Increased radius and proximity radius by about 10%
- Traps - Removed a 1 second delay on the smoke dealing damage to players
- Insider Knowledge - Increased the number of beacons in the world to 12 from 10
- Care Package - Removed slight chance that level 4 armor and helmets will drop
- Into The Void - Cooldown increased from 20 -> 25 seconds
- Double Time - Reduced move speed bonus to 30% from 40%
For a complete overview of all the changes introduced in the latest patch, as well as Respawn's philosophy on future updates, make sure you head on over to our news post which contains everything you need to know.
It's also worth noting that changes we've listed above aren't completely set in stone. We imagine further refinements will be made once Season 1 gets underway and loads of new patches will iron out issues with current meta, bugs and the like.
Battle Pass Overview
First up, here's what's been confirmed for the Apex Legends Battle Pass by the developers so far. As more information is confirmed, so will this section be updated:
- Release Date: It's widely believed that the first Season of competitive play in Apex Legends will commence at some point early in March. Expect an update on this front very soon.
- Season Length: Seasons are planned to last for approximately three months, giving invested players plenty of time to maximise their rewards from the game.
- Cosmetic Rewards: Rewards obtained from the Apex Legends Battle Pass will be cosmetic only. You will not be able to gain any competitive advantage from working through the season. It's expected that there will be around 100 items to unlock in each Battle Pass.
- Legends: You will not be able to unlock new playable Legends by using the Battle Pass. This is in keeping with the philosophy about restricting the pass to cosmetic items only.
- Apex Packs: You will be able to earn more Apex Packs by participating in the Battle Pass programme. These contain items such as new weapon and character skins, banner cosmetics, and player emotes.
- Off-Season: Interestingly enough, we understand that certain items you don't manage to acquire during a Season will be available to pick up even after the current Battle Pass has expired. When we have more detail on the working of that, we'll add it in right here.
Year 1 Roadmap
Below we've linked an image of Year 1 roadmap for Apex Legends and it's clear that Respawn has a lot planned for us.
Here's a breakdown of all the key details:
- There are a total of four seasons in a year, meaning four different battle passes too.
- Each season will introduce new legends, new weapons, new loot and a battle pass rewards.
- The seasons will last around three months each, spanning from March all the way to December.
- Season 1 runs through March to June. Season 2 starts from June and runs to September. Season 3 kicks off in September and runs to December. Season 4 begins in December and will run through to March.
Essential Apex Legends Coverage
- Apex Legends: Guide - Our core guide to the game
- Apex Legends: Best Weapons - Every weapon's stats examined
- Apex Legends: Map Guide - Getting to grips with the battleground
- Apex Legends: Best Loot Spots - How to gear up fast
- Apex Legends: Best Characters - An overview of every Legend
- Apex Legends: Abilities - Every passive, tactical and ultimate ability
- Apex Legends: Best FPS settings - How to get a performance boost on PC
- Apex Legends: Controls - Controls for playing on PC, PS4 or Xbox One
- Apex Legends: Battle Pass Guide - What's coming with Season play
- Apex Legends: System Requirements - Specs to run the game on PC
- Apex Legends: Download / Install - How to get started on all platforms
Apex Legends Season One Battle Pass
Details of the format and rewards for Season One of Apex Legends have not yet been revealed by Respawn. As soon as they are though, we'll flesh out all the details in this section of our guide to help you get all those goodies unlocked nice and quickly!
What can we expect?
Let's take a look at other games like Fortnite and PUBG's Battle Pass systems and speculate as to how they could be implemented in Apex Legends.
- Fortnite and PUBG's Battle Passes cost around £8, so it's likely Apex Legends' Battle Pass will be pricely similarly. Although, we'd be prepared to pay a little extra (roughly £10) if we were to get some added extras.
- We're expecting there to be around 100 tiers, and as you play the game, you'll earn EXP towards levelling up and unlocking these tiers.
- Behind each tier, there will likely be a cosmetic reward. Think exclusive weapon skins, character outfits and potentially even more.
- We'd also expect there to be Legend Tokens, Crafting Materials and even Apex Coins behind each tier. Fortnite offers V-Buck bundles behind it's tiers, so there's no reason why Apex Legends can't follow suit.
- We're not sure if Apex Legends will feature Weekly or Daily Challenges like Fortnite. Fortnite will have you dancing in front of random points of interest across the map, and we just can't see this happening in Apex. However, we can see challenges like, "Kill 5 enemies with an SMG" as a potential task which would reward you with EXP towards levelling up your pass.
- PUBG doesn't do this, but Fortnite's seasons are characterised by significant map changes and themed content drops. For sure, Apex Legends will have season themed content drops and rewards to earn, but we doubt they'll be tied to the Battle Pass (there may be exclusive rewards for Battle Pass owners, though). Instead, new seasons could be marked by new maps, new legends and weapons.