Apex Legends' Season 1 Battle Pass And Update Now Live On PS4 / Xbox One / PC
Welcome to the Wild Frontier.
More than a month after the game's surprise release, Season 1 of Apex Legends has officially begun. The game's Wild Frontier Battle Pass is now available to purchase on PS4, Xbox One, and PC, bringing a new assortment of skins, stat trackers, and other exclusive rewards to unlock in Respawn's popular battle royale game. All of this arrives as part of a new Apex Legends update that also adds the new playable Legend, Octane.
Much like Fortnite's own seasonal Battle Pass, the Wild Frontier Battle Pass costs 950 Apex Coins, which roughly equates to $10 / £8. If you're eager to get a head start, EA is also offering a Battle Pass bundle for 2,800 Apex Coins that will instantly unlock the first 25 tiers, giving you immediate access to those rewards.
Apex Coins are Legends' premium currency. They can typically only be purchased with real money, although there are a few other ways to get your hands on some for free. You'll receive 1,000 Apex Coins by signing up for EA/Origin Access, which effectively amounts to a 50% discount if you spring for a one-month subscription. You'll also be able to earn up to 1,000 Apex Coins by leveling up the Battle Pass.
As in Fortnite, you'll unlock rewards as you level up Apex Legends' Battle Pass, and you'll receive three exclusive character skins automatically just for purchasing it. Even if you don't decide to buy the pass, however, you'll still be able to earn a handful of rewards, and you'll retroactively unlock any you would have earned if you decide to purchase it partway through the season.
Unlike Fortnite, however, Apex Legends' Battle Pass doesn't offer any challenges. According to Respawn, this was a deliberate decision in order to let players focus on learning the ins and outs of the game rather than striving to check off contrived tasks.
"You'll notice the first version isn't built around a complex quest system where you need to do a 720 backflip off of Watchtower Artemis and get two Wingman headshots before hitting the ground," Respawn wrote in a blog post. "While we think there's really cool design space in quests and challenges for future Battle Passes, we wanted the initial version to allow our players to just play and learn the game."
You can read more about how the Apex Legends Battle Pass works here. Also arriving to the game today is Octane, Apex Legends' newest playable character. However, he isn't included as part of the Battle Pass; rather, players will need to purchase him separately from the in-game store for 12,000 Legend Tokens or 750 Apex Coins. He comes with a bunch of new skins for you to earn.
GameSpot may get a commission from retail offers.
Got a news tip or want to contact us directly? Email firstname.lastname@example.org