If you don't like leveling through a battle pass or paying for individual skins and loot packs, Apex Legends is introducing a new way to get some flashy cosmetics. EA and Respawn Entertainment are releasing two retail editions of the free-to-play battle royale, one themed for the character Bloodhound and the other for Lifeline, on October 18 for $19.99 USD. Both come with exclusive Legendary skins for their respective cover star, along with additional exclusive cosmetics and 1,000 Apex Coins, which is just enough of the game's premium currency to purchase a season's battle pass.
Both of the new retail editions come with four exclusive cosmetics: a Legendary skin for Bloodhound or Lifeline, a Legendary skin for a weapon themed to match the character skin (a Prowler SMG for Bloodhound and a Flatline rifle for Lifeline), a banner, and a badge. Both of the exclusive skins appear to have been added to Apex in a previous update, as they've already been spotted by Reddit users during character selection screens thanks to a glitch that loads in skins other than what a player has equipped.
Many players were critical of a recent Apex Legends limited-time event centered around a collection of paid cosmetic items, airing their frustration over the price of individual Legendary skins and the decision to gate the option of purchasing an Heirloom cosmetic (the game's highest rarity tier) behind completion of the event's item set. To judge the value of these retail editions, consider that 1,000 Apex Coins cost $9.99 and a Legendary skin for either a character or weapon is normally priced at 1,800 Apex Coins. With either version, you're getting two Legendary skins and you can use the included currency to buy loot packs (100 coins each) or a battle pass for a season (950).
With the game's current season wrapping up in just a few weeks, these retail editions should hit stores close to the launch of Season 3. That launch will bring a new character to the game along with changes to King's Canyon and updates to the available game modes. For more on all things Apex, keep an watchful eye on our guides page. If you want to see more coverage (or less) on Apex or any other game, consider taking USG's annual readership survey.