Apex Legends Players Are Getting 10 Free Battle Pass Levels Next Week

Apex Legends Players Are Getting 10 Free Battle Pass Levels Next Week

After launching Season 7 with sluggish progression changes, Respawn wants to make things up to players.

The new season of Apex Legends hasn't been live for a week yet, but Respawn Entertainment is already gearing up to push a big rollback of sorts for its free-to-play battle royale. After days of consistent fan complaints about changes to the battle pass, a couple new patches will make it much easier to build up their battle pass through challenges. On top of that, Respawn is gifting all players 10 free battle pass levels.

Apex players' main issue with how the launch of Season 7 changed the battle pass is that it started to take a lot more XP to progress through it. Instead of having regular challenges contribute XP to building up the pass, challenges now grant stars. Ten stars will net a player one battle pass level—simple enough, but even setting aside specific changes to daily and weekly challenges, the total amount of XP it took to earn a single battle pass level shot way, way up with the move to the stars system.

This prompted numerous negative comments and threads on the Apex Legends subreddit, which were then met by Respawn with a quick change halving the amount of XP needed to earn 10 stars (granting a single battle pass level). Still, as Communications Director Ryan K. Rigney noted in a reply on Reddit, that still "isn't the same as the escalating chain of level costs" Apex players were used to, which worked on a weekly reset: every week, the first few battle pass levels earned solely through XP, not challenges, took less XP than the 54,000-per-level maximum cost.

Today, Game Director Chad Grenier announced three changes: first, daily challenges have already been reset to Season 6 standards. In a patch slated for next week, weekly challenges will follow suit and players will receive the aforementioned free battle pass levels.

For frustrated players, the new nature of daily and weekly challenges in Season 7 certainly wasn't helping the progression slog. One common daily challenge granted a single star for getting 5 knockdowns with a specific character; another granted three for amassing 75 minutes of time spent alive across multiple matches. Along with lowering those lofty targets, basic weekly challenges will no longer be tied to a single specific Legend (in Season 6 and earlier, those types of challenges could be completed across a handful of characters).

Early reactions to the changes appear to be mostly positive. On the whole, it may still take longer to complete the new Battle Pass, as Respawn has also dropped the additional levels granted for completing five and ten daily challenges in a given week—but, as Respawn said a few days ago, the hope with the changes was to "make it engaging for the entire length of the season." Hopefully, for those with busy lives and a soft spot for Apex, these tweaks will mean they won't need to put in overtime on the battle pass right before Season 7's end.

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Mathew Olson


Mathew Olson is a writer formerly of Digg, where he blogged and reported about all things under the umbrella of internet culture (including games, of course). He lives in New York, grew up under rain clouds and the influence of numerous games studios in the Pacific Northwest, and will talk your ear off about Half-Life mods, Talking Heads or Twin Peaks if you let him.

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