Apex Legends has stormed onto the battle royale scene in its first month, garnering a huge community of 25 million players, according to developer Respawn Entertainment. That’s an impressive number, but for a live service game, it’s not how many people you can get to play at launch–it’s how many people you can keep playing long-term. That’s where Apex’s upcoming battle pass comes in.
Like competitors such as Fortnite, Apex Legends includes a whole lot of cosmetic items for players to unlock. In Apex, you can largely get them from loot boxes you earn or buy with real money. But there’s another way to get those items, without having to buy lots of loot boxes and gamble. The battle pass in Fortnite, which players buy with Fortnite’s premium currency, gives players a bunch of cosmetic items, plus allows them to level up at an accelerated rate to earn more items. Playing with a paid battle pass also lets you earn more of Fortnite’s currency, and if you play enough, you could even afford to buy the next season’s battle pass without spending real money.
Apex Legends also has a battle pass system coming in its first season, which starts in March. We don’t know any details about how it’ll work, what it’ll cost, or what it’ll include just yet, although Respawn has said it intends for the battle pass to be an even better value than what’s offered with Fortnite.
We might not know what Apex Legends’ first battle pass will entail, but we do have a few things we’re hoping to see when it comes online. Here’s our wishlist for Apex’s battle pass for the first season.