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When does Apex Legends Season 1 end? Season 2 start date, Battle Pass and more

Published: 18/Apr/2019 15:04 Updated: 19/Apr/2019 8:19

by Calum Patterson

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Apex Legends‘ first season, Wild Frontier, is now well underway, and as many players are now well past the halfway mark in the Battle Pass, they are beginning to look forward to what Season 2 will hold.

Apex Legends Season 1 disappoints

It’s no secret that the contents of the Season 1 Battle Pass were somewhat underwhelming, with only a handful of exciting skins, and a lack of ‘crafting metals’ meaning players would have to rely on randomized Apex Packs to get better skins.

Developers Respawn Entertainment will have undoubtedly heard the largely negative feedback to the additions in Season 1, and will be looking to do better second time around, or at least so fans will hope.

The Season 1 end date possibly given on PlayStation’s event calendar.

When does Season 1 end?

If you’re one of the many who was left wanting during Season 1, then you might have one eye on what’s coming next, and when. Although there is no ‘official’ end date for the first season, the PlayStation events calendar lists the final day of Season 1 as June 4, 2019.

The in-game ‘battle pass’ timer is set to end on June 18, but this is possibly only related to the battle pass progression availability.

When will Season 2 start?

Although this exact date of June 4 isn’t confirmed by Respawn Entertainment as the end of Season 1, it does line up with the official year one roadmap, which confirms Season 2 will start in June.

Judging by the battle pass end date of June 18, Season 2 will likely start the very next day, on June 19 – Season 1 started on March 19, so these dates would line up.

Respawn EntertainmentThe Year 1 roadmap shows Season 2 will start in June.

What’s in the Season 2 Battle Pass?

Although it’s too early to say for certain, players can fully expect some improved legend and weapon skins at the very least. The Season 1 skins were fairly bland, with a lot of army green’s and beige, so surely there will be some more exotic trims for Season 2, based on the feedback from players.

New Weapons

So far, only a single new weapon has been added since release on February 4, the Havoc energy rifle, and there is an air of impatience around the lack of new guns. Data miners have already found weapon models for unreleased rifles, rocket launchers and more, although these could be leftover assets from Titanfall development.

Still, surely a new weapon of some kind will either launch alongside Season 2, or shortly before it.

The L-Star weapon still isn’t in Apex Legends – even though it appears on the front cover image.

How to get Season 2 Battle Pass for free

We may not know the exactly what the next Battle Pass will contain, but we do know one thing – you can get it for free (well, sort of). 

It will require you to purchase the Season 1 Battle Pass, but, if you successfully rank up all 100 levels, you will earn enough Apex Coins to purchase the next one (provided they price it same at 950 coins).

So, if you have already started grinding through the current battle pass, there is an extra incentive to complete it fully in time for the launch of Season 2.

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Apex Legends dev responds to complaints about “recycled” LTMs

Published: 2/Dec/2020 15:49

by Alex Garton

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An Apex Legends developer has responded to players’ complaints about bringing back old LTMs (limited-time modes), rather than adding new ones. His candid response shed some light on why Respawn continues to “recycle” LTMs and the effort that goes into perfecting them.

The debate surrounding Respawn’s continued use of recycled LTMs is not a new one. Certain members of the Apex community continue to voice their issue with the lack of all-new LTMs being added to the game.

Although there are have been numerous different limited-time modes since Apex released in 2019, Respawn brings back fan-favorites such as Armed & Dangerous and Always be Closing on a regular basis.

Although these modes are generally well-liked, some have assumed that they are recycled as a low effort means of adding ‘new’ content. However, senior game designer Daniel Klien has explained the team’s thinking.

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‘Winter Express’ is the LTM returning with the Holo-Day Bash event.

Apex dev responds to complaints of “recycled” LTMs

Complaints surrounding LTMs on the Holo-Day Bash announcement thread led to a response from the dev. A number of players had expressed their disappointment that ‘Winter Express’ was just another “recycled” mode.

But, the game designer outlined the amount of effort that had gone into perfecting and reworking the ‘Winter Express’ mode: “between the supply ships and the new stations and a LOT of behind the scenes changes to reduce downtime it feels so much better to me.”

Despite the response, this only led to comments stating that ‘Winter Express’ was still a recycled LTM and that no new content had been added.

This led to an extremely candid statement from the developer that revealed the exact reason Respawn choose to bring back fan-favorite LTMs: “Real talk… everyone ASKS for game modes but looking at our numbers, it doesn’t seem like people play them nearly enough for us to put in the amount of effort required to make a new mode.”

This certainly offers some context to the debate surrounding “recycled” LTMs. If the player numbers don’t justify the resources needed to make a new LTM,  then why would Respawn continue to produce them?

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LTMs are popular for a short period of time before players head back to the main modes.

It’s often difficult for developers to grasp what content a player base is looking for. Although social media can be a good indicator, it often only represents those who shout loudest, rather than the entire community.

Respawn devs remain very active and engage with players about issues, so feedback should always be encouraged.