Cross-progression is a feature that allows player accounts across platforms to be linked in such a way that account progress is saved across all platforms. For instance, in a game with cross-progression, if a player ranks up and earns a new cosmetic on PC, then their PlayStation account would also automatically earn that rank and that skin because the two accounts are linked by the owner.
When is Cross-Progression Coming to Apex Legends?
As of Season 10, Apex Legends does not have cross-progression, which means that players who enjoy the game on different platforms have no way of keeping their accounts consistent across platforms. Level progression, earned and purchased cosmetics, currency, and even rank are kept separate even if linked to the same email.
Recently though, development studio Respawn Entertainment has confirmed through a recent Reddit AMA that cross-progression is currently under development and that it is expected to be ready for in-game release in 2022. Though the AMA was meant to focus on Apex Legend's latest season, Emergence, Reddit user u/Suhsquad asked the developers if there was, "any rough timeline on cross-progression?" This prompted Apex Legends director of communications Ryan K. Rigney to respond, "Next year."
Why is Cross-Progression not Releasing until 2022?
When asked to shed some light on why cross-progression is taking so long to release, Rigney revealed some of the difficulties with implementing the feature. Many of the problems are technical, but there are plenty of legal reasons development has been slowed as well.
"Cross-progression is gnarly as hell in terms of being a problem to solve," Rigney said. "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."
Add these reasons to the fact that many regions have different laws regarding purchases of digital content and you're left with a mess that can be difficult to navigate.
"But we're working on it," Rigney said. "And we're committed to delivering it."