Apex Legends has crossplay available on pretty much every platform, and there is one thing on players’ minds – Apex Legends cross-progression, and does it exist?
Since the original launch of Apex Legends in February 2019, the game has made many strides towards catching up with competitors Fortnite and Call of Duty: Warzone. First, it began with its cosmetic store & seasonal battle pass system, capitalizing on its free-to-play status with microtransactions for players.
Next up, it launched its crossplay system on October 6, 2020 – uniting players across consoles and PC. The crossplay system is different from competitors since PC players will only still be placed against other PC players.
We now have the next-gen versions of the battle royale as well as Apex Legends Mobile, but players are still concerned with cross-progression and whether they can merge their accounts and progress across different platforms.
What is cross-progression in Apex Legends and does Apex have it?
For players jumping across platforms, you may be wondering if your progression follows you? The short answer is no. Currently, there is no way to have your Apex Legends rank, profile, cosmetics, Legend unlocks, and skins follow you to another platform.
The only exception is changing between the Origin launcher to Steam on PC, where you will have your data transfer over.
Potential release date for Apex Legends cross-progression
There is good news for players who are still waiting for cross-progression to come to Apex Legends. It still appears to be on the developer’s to-do list, with Respawn’s ex-Game Director Chad Grenier commenting on the subject in a Reddit post.
“It’s something we are very passionate about, and we’re looking at our options available. Much harder post-launch since users may have multiple accounts to merge or use. Easier with Steam because it’s at launch. We’ll give an update when we have something to talk about” said Grenier.
Based on Grenier’s comment, it appears that Cross Progression has a chance to come in the future, but it is currently a difficult task for the team due to users who have multiple accounts across platforms.
For those cases, it looks like Respawn might offer an account merge option of some type, which may be tricky for them to implement.
Since these comments, there has been a further update on the situation by Chad Grenier, who stated in another Reddit AMA that “it’s still a ways off.”
On August 2, Alpha Intel stated that while there’s no real update on cross-progression, Respawn are “actively working” on bringing the feature to the game.
However, properly implementing cross-progression is proving to be a “very technically challenging problem.” The game’s Design Director has stated that they want to get it in the game “sooner than later.”
Hopefully, the devs can figure out how to implement cross-progression into Apex Legends. This would make life much easier for those who wish to change platforms without sacrificing their account data.
For more Apex Legends content, check out all of the Prestige Skins currently in the game and how to get them as well as Respawn’s confirmation that Control will not be a permanent mode.
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