Apex Legends has been brought to virtually every platform under the sun by Respawn Entertainment, and many hope that the developers will also add cross-progression to the game. It’s not currently available, but that will change.
Since the battle royale is now gracing everything from Steam to the Nintendo Switch, cross-progression saves are becoming more desirable for players with multiple platforms. Cross-play is available between all platforms, but this isn’t quite the same.
Cross progression lets players connect their accounts across all platforms for the game. This gives people the ability to seamlessly access their unlocked content from one device to the next and means you don’t have to start a new account for each.
The feature has been somewhat applied to Apex Legends, giving community members a taste of how convenient it could actually be in its application.
At the moment, Respawn hasn’t finalized a way to introduce cross-progression into Apex Legends. However, players on PC do – sort of. If you originally played Apex on Origin, you can link your account to Steam and carry your progress over.
But, the same cannot be said for the PlayStation 4/5 and the Xbox lineup of consoles, nor Nintendo Switch. There is no way to transfer your Apex Legends account between these platforms.
Respawn said that it was “easier (to implement cross-progression) with Steam because it’s at launch,” unlike merging saves between Xbox and PlayStation accounts seeing as “users may have multiple accounts to merge or use,” according to Respawn Game Director Chad Grenier.
This is a glaring omission for one of the most popular battle royales on the market. And it isn’t lost on the developers, either.
Respawn has touched on the topic of cross-progression in Apex Legends on a number of occasions, and it’s becoming more and more promising that, one day, Apex Legends will have cross-progression to make the switch between platforms easier for players.
“I wouldn’t ever say [cross-progression] is not possible, but it’s certainly more challenging to add cross-progression to a game that’s been out for 2 years. A lot of people have accounts on various platforms and trying to figure out the best way to pick or merge the account data is a challenge with many pros and cons. We’re certainly looking into cross-progression and it’s something that I think would be great for the game, but it’s still a ways off most likely.”
During a developer panel in April 2021, Chad Grenier addressed cross-progression again. “I’m really passionate about cross-play, which is why we added it. One other thing I’m passionate about is cross-progression, which we don’t support yet.
“But, we are working on it. It’s a lot more work than I thought it would be. But we are working on cross-progression that will allow people to carry over purchases, skins, account progress, regardless of which platform they’re playing on. It will probably be a little while longer, but eventually, we’ll have that.
Apex hacks slow down cross-progression
On July 10, Chad Grenier confirmed that cross-progression was still in development for Apex Legends, but that progress had been slowed due to “hacks” on Titanfall and Apex.
In development, although recent hacks on Apex and TF have slowed down the progress of it as we context switch to solving live game issues.
— Chad Grenier (@ChadGrenier) July 10, 2021
While they avoided specifics, Respawn gave the most concrete response to the question of when it will drop in Apex. During an August 6 Reddit thread, Ryan Rigney said it will be coming “next year” – meaning 2022.
He elaborated: “Cross-progression is gnarly as hell in terms of being a problem to solve. It’s not only that you have to solve the technical challenge of merging existing accounts, but there are also legal and contractual issues to navigate with purchasing on other platforms. Different regions have different laws. It’s a mess. But we’re working on it, and we’re committed to delivering it.”
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