If Apex Legends hasn’t grown as much since launch as you wanted, Respawn Entertainment hears you. An official message from executive producer Drew McCoy lines out how major Apex Legends updates will roll out in the future, including when we can expect to hear more about Apex Legends season 2. One thing McCoy’s message doesn’t do is go anywhere close to promising a more frequent (read: Fortnite-like) schedule of content additions.
McCoy says we’ll have to wait until EA Play, EA’s E3-adjacent event in June, to learn specifics about season 2. However, he says you can expect “a new Battle Pass, a new Legend, something new for the meta, and more” for every season, so maybe we won’t have to wait too much longer to meet Apex Legends’ Wattson after all. McCoy also teased that season 2 will include more “meaningful content” in its Battle Pass (I’m interpreting that as fewer badges and stat trackers) and changes to the King’s Canyon map.
McCoy said the studio will also commit to more transparency with its community about what’s coming next to the game and when. That doesn’t mean it will signal everything, of course, and that commitment began with some frank expectation setting.
“We know that, in addition to addressing issues with the game, everyone is hungry for us to add new content,” McCoy wrote. “The studio culture that we’ve worked hard to cultivate, and the health of our team are very important. We take those things into account when we discuss our content roadmap, the production schedule, and the frequency in which we can update the game. Our long-term goal is to ensure Apex Legends always feels alive and thriving, with a focus on quality of content over novelty or speed of release. At the same time, we want to maintain our culture as a development team and avoid crunch that can quickly lead to burnout or worse.”
I don’t think McCoy’s trying to start anything, but it’s tough not to read that part about “novelty or speed” as a dig at Fortnite, especially given the allegedly poor working conditions that make its constant feed of new weapons, skins, vehicles, and map areas possible, according to a recent Polygon report. Apex Legends will stick to a seasonal schedule for making bigger changes like that.
Lastly, some news that fans of wallrunning and combined-arms mech combat probably already surmised but were dreading nonetheless: “in order to fully support Apex Legends, we are pushing out plans for future Titanfall games.” We’ll meet again some day, BT.
Catch up on Respawn’s other big project with everything we know about Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. Or watch this quick refresher on all the items you can earn in the current battle pass for Apex Legends.