With Apex Legends available on every platform under the sun, does Respawn Entertainment plan on implementing mass-level cross-progression for its player base?
Apex Legends is currently available on PlayStation 4/5, Xbox One/Series S|X, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam and Origin—with plans to potentially debut on mobile after a series of beta tests earlier this April. It seems as though there isn't a single platform left untouched by Apex, making it the "TESV: Skyrim of battle royale shooters" in releases. Players can main Bangalore on PC and switch to Valkyrie on the PS5 without so much as batting an eye.
With all these options to play, does this mean Respawn could be looking for an avenue to expand into cross-progression?
Apex Legends Cross Progression Delayed by Titanfall Hack?
Currently, Apex Legends has no cross-progression capabilities. It does allow for cross-play among its platforms, but having the same account over a variety of systems seems to be another matter, entirely. However, that doesn't mean the team isn't at least interested in it.
In fact, the developers have stated on multiple occasions that they are looking into cross-progression for their game. Chad Grenier, Apex Legends game director, once noted that the feature is on the table but still a ways off due to potential player account merging complications. In April 2021, he reaffirmed his interest, stating he was "passionate" about including it and that it was currently under development.
Unfortunately, a recent roadblock seems to have set progress back. In a response tweet to a fan on Saturday, July 10, Grenier explained that the recent attacks on Apex Legends and Titanfall have forced the team to direct focus toward live game issues, instead.
"[Cross-progression is] in development," he wrote, "Although recent hacks on Apex and TF have slowed down the progress of it as we context switch to solving live game issues."
Grenier neglected to elaborate on how far along the development was before the hack or on a possible time frame for release. Hopefully, fans will see more public explanations toward the beginning of the next few seasons.