Apex Legends Season 10 Emergence launched last week, and to celebrate the occasion, developer Respawn Entertainment hosted a question and answer session for the game on Reddit. A poster asked when players can expect to see cross-progression added to Apex Legends, and it looks like we won’t be able to expect it until sometime in 2022. Apparently, there have been a number of roadblocks that have prevented the game from playing before, but the developer has been working hard to make sure all legal and technical issues are resolved before it goes live.
“Cross-progression is tremendously complicated in terms of being a problem to be solved,” responded Ryan K. Rigney, Respawn’s director of communications. “It is not only that you have to solve the technical challenge of merging existing accounts, but there are also legal and contractual problems to navigate with purchases on other platforms. Different regions have different laws. It is a disaster. But we are working on that and we are committed to fulfilling it ”.
For those unfamiliar with cross-progression, the feature allows players to pick up where they left off in a game, even if they switch to a different system or platform. Cross-progression is a great feature for those who play on multiple devices, but Rigney’s comment shows that it takes a lot of time and resources to get it working. Concepts like cross-play and cross-progression would have been unthinkable in gaming just a few years ago, but they have become an important part of the online gaming model.
For now, Apex Legends players will only have to enjoy the game on one platform. Most gamers would rather see it in early 2022, as opposed to later in the year, but we’ll have to wait and see what happens. Hopefully, Rigney’s comments will make some players appreciate the effort that goes into making these features happen.
Apex Legends is currently available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X | S, PC and Nintendo Switch.