Apex Legend's Iron Crown event comes to a close today, and in the wake of a controversy over the event's monetization strategy and in response to fans' pleas to keep the solo mode in the game, developer Respawn Entertainment wants to clear a few things up. A new blog post outlines what players should expect from the battle royale game's "three main event structures" moving forward.
In the post, Director of Product Management Lee Horn establishes that though Season Launches, Themed Events, and Collection Events all guarantee gameplay changes and the addition of new content, they are meant to differ in scale and approach, especially with regard to monetization. There are plans for future events like Iron Crown where exclusive cosmetics are available in randomized loot packs, but also for more events like Season 1's Legendary Hunt, where new cosmetics are only available through gameplay challenges and direct purchases. Each particular type of event will "generally" (emphasis Horn's) follow the same structure.
Season Launches, on top of cosmetics tied to the season's Battle Pass, will bring approximately the same amount of change for all Apex Legends players as the launch of Season 2 did. The list, with the corresponding Season 2 examples in parentheses, includes: a new Legend (Wattson), new loot (the L-Star care package weapon), and "major" map updates (the addition of wildlife and changes to several map locales). Also pegged for Season Launches are changes to the meta, the rebalancing of Legends and weapons, changes to the Ranked mode, and the potential addition of new features, such as Ranked mode with Season 2.
The difference between the two smaller event types, Themed Events and Collection Events, is what anyone who felt frustrated with Apex Legends during Iron Crown should focus on. Legendary Hunt, the timed event that took place close to the end of the game's first season, was a Themed Event while Iron Crown was a Collection Event. This distinction, and Respawn's commitment to deliver more events of both types, means that the loot pack monetization strategy employed in Iron Crown will reappear in some form with the next Collection Event.
Many players unhappy with the Iron Crown event were put off by the comparatively high cost of the limited-time loot packs and the decision to gate the option of purchasing an Heirloom-grade item behind collecting all of the event's exclusive items.
In response, Respawn issued a statement saying it had "missed the mark" with structuring Iron Crown's monetization, and made the exclusive Legendary skins available for direct purchase. Though, that episode was quickly marred by an incident where a Respawn developer's comments on the matter infuriated some community members.
Though it appears that exclusive loot packs will make a comeback, Respawn has promised to make those items available through other means, such as direct purchase, in the future. In any case, all players will have something to look forward to when Themed Events and Collection Events roll around. Both are guaranteed to feature limited-time modes a la solos or Apex Elite, and may also feature a small map edit or town takeover just as Iron Crown added the Octane-themed Gauntlet to Kings Canyon. Our Apex Legends guides will keep you up to date with all the changes (large, small, and potentially in loot packs) that come to Respawn's battle royale.