'Apex Legends' Season 1 Battle Pass, Start Date, Challenges, Cost, and More

'Apex Legends' is expanding quickly.

Respawn Entertainment’s Apex Legends has taken the world by storm in the one week it’s been out. So it’s no surprise that fans of the new free-to-play game already want to know when they can sign up for a Season 1 Battle Pass. The good news is that it’s already in the works. The bad news is you’ll have to wait a little while longer for Apex Legends’ Season 1 release date.

Shortly after Apex Legends’ official launch, executive producer Drew McCoy penned a letter to fans via an EA blog post that confirmed a seasonal structure similar to Fortnite, including an upcoming battle pass system.

“The team is already hard at work on tons of top-secret new stuff we’ll be adding to the game this year and beyond (which we’ll be talking more about soon),” he wrote. “First up will be the launch of Season 1 in March when we introduce a Battle Pass.”

So from the very start, the team behind Apex Legends has made it clear that they’re pursuing a similar seasonal live service game model as Fortnite and other shooters like Destiny. But Respawn is also copying the same “battle pass” terminology popularized by Fortnite and originally created for Dota 2 in 2013.

Here’s everything gamers need to know about Apex Legends Season 1.

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'Apex Legends' has a pretty clear roadmap for Year 1.

When Is the Apex Legends Season 1 Release Date?

Drew McCoy’s initial letter does say that Season 1 will start in “March,” and a graphic released by Respawn detailing the first year of Apex Legends content confirms it.

But does that mean Friday, March 1, 2019? Or could it mean Monday, March 4?

The game did initially launch on a Monday, so it’s possible that Monday will be when Apex Legends has some kind of weekly reset akin to Fortnite Thursdays. Based on what we know so far, Season 1 could technically start at any point during the month, but given the projections for all of Year 1 (in the above graphic), the first season should run through March, April, and May.

An official Apex Legends FAQ also says, “Each season will run for approximately three months.”

Players should be ready for March 1, but if it’s not then, then it’ll almost certainly be March 4.

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The 'Apex Legends' crew knows how to take a selfie.

What’s Included in Apex Legends Season 1 Battle Pass?

The same graphic that outlined March through June as Season 1 also implies that each successive season will introduce new Legends, Weapons, and Loot into the mix. Keep in mind, however, that this refers to Season 1 and not the Season 1 battle pass.

A February 6 blog post also confirmed this. “Season One kicks off in March, introducing the debut of our Battle Pass as well as new Legends, weapons, loot, and more,” CEO of Respawn Entertainment Vince Zampella wrote.

“Loot” presumably refers to the myriad of cosmetic drops players get from Apex Packs. “Legends” is the term used for playable characters, so it would seem that Apex Legends will be adding more and more characters at a steady pace, along with new weapons.

In the official Apex Legends FAQ, Respawn confirms, “The Battle Pass gives players exclusive cosmetic items and Apex Packs” totaling out to “around 100 different rewards” consisting mostly of “exclusive seasonal cosmetics.”

The company also confirms in the FAQ that “Legends will not be included in the Battle Pass.” New characters will almost certainly still cost plenty of Apex Coins, and that’ll be totally separate from the cost of a battle pass.

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I would not pay money for any of these character skins. Would you?

Will the Apex Legends Season 1 Battle Pass Include Challenges?

For Apex Legends to truly compete with Fortnite: Battle Royale in the long-term, Respawn will have to include exclusive challenges as part of the battle pass and offer enough high-quality rewards to incentivize purchasing one. So far, there’s no indication that there’ll be challenges.

Fortnite has become such a cash cow in part thanks to its third-person gaming perspective, allowing players to always see their own skin. But there’s also a competitive social aspect that feels like a rite of passage. One simply has to get the battle pass or purchase certain exclusive skins to be cool.

In its first week, Apex Legends hasn’t shown off any skins that are truly impressive. Being a first-person shooter might prove to be a detriment in this regard because even if you unlock a cool skin, you can’t actually see it while playing the game. (Then again, that doesn’t seem to be an issue for Overwatch, which also uses a first-person perspective.)

If Respawn has proven anything so far, however, it’s that Apex Legends can beat Fortnite at its own game by doing something different.

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Players are going to need a lot of Apex Coins.

How Much Does the Apex Legends Season 1 Battle Pass Cost?

Respawn has given no indication of battle pass price for Apex Legends yet, but we can probably assume that it’ll be comparable to Fortnite. They might even try to undercut Fortnite’s battle pass, which costs about $9.50 — or 950 V-Bucks.

We seriously doubt it’ll cost more, especially when the scope of the battle pass itself might be limited in Season 1, but time will tell.

Apex Legends is currently available on PC via Origin, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Season 1 is slated to begin sometime in March.

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