Respawn Entertainment have brought Apex Legends to virtually every platform under the sun, making many wonder if the developers would 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 platforms. 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.
Does Apex Legends have cross-progression?
At the moment, Respawn haven’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 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.
When will cross-progression come to Apex Legends?
Respawn have touched the topic 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.
Following the announcement of Apex launching on Nintendo Switch on March 9, Apex Legends game director Chad Grenier gave an update on the possibility of cross-progression.
“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.
Back in November 2020, Respawn Design Director Jason ‘Monsterclip’ McCord responded to a request for it: “We hear you, and know that people want it. I want it too. We can’t talk about anything that hasn’t been announced though, sorry.”
You can be sure that the Apex Legends developers are going to look at the best way to broadly implement cross-progression across all major platforms, but only time will tell when it’ll actually come.