Apex Legends is Making Big Changes to Its Progression System

Apex Legends developer Respawn has announced big changes to progression rewards, leveling, and more.

Since launching their first Battle Pass, the team at Respawn Entertainment has been trying almost everything they can think of to improve the progression system in Apex Legends. They’ve done a lot of work with the various Battle Passes they’ve put out, but the main progression hasn’t gotten the same love. That changes on December 3, as Respawn announced today that they’re implementing big changes into progression and leveling.

The new update raises the level cap in Apex Legends from 100 to 500. With this new level cap, Respawn has greatly improved the rewards you get for leveling. Under the old cap, you could unlock 45 Apex Packs total. Starting December 3, that number will increase to 199. And they aren’t all locked behind the higher levels. From 2-20, you’ll get one pack per level, while 22-300 gives you a pack every two levels. All of those packs apply retroactively as well.

Now, under the original system, leveling past 26 was a chore. The XP requirements were just ridiculously high. With this new system, they’ve done quite a bit to level out the experience and make getting to higher levels happen much faster. That doesn’t mean it won’t take time and effort, but it does mean new players will have a much softer XP curve to get through and rake in rewards.

Respawn is also introducing 36 new Gun Charms to Apex Packs. These are cosmetic doohickeys that attach to your gun. They’ll rotate through the item shop like normal and you’ll earn a free one every 100 levels.

Obviously, randomized loot boxes are always troublesome. I’m of the opinion that they are never the right answer given how predatory they can be. That said, Respawn is making it a bit easier to earn a decent number of free loot boxes. It’s not a perfect solution, but it does seem better than it used to be.

Apex Legends is out now on PC, PS4, and Xbox One. The new update will be live on December 3.

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Ricky Frech

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