Player has requested cross progress in top legend for a few years now. With 2023 already half way through and Apex Legends season 17 As soon as we get started, we asked Apex Legends senior design director, Evan Nikolich, if the team had a release date in mind.
“No, I won’t set a date for it,” Nikolich told GameSpot. “It’s almost done. We have a Slack thread here, updated daily. And yes, I agree [with the players]–it’s frustrating. People want to be able to move. Even I am one of those people. I’m mostly PC focused, but I would love to be able to play on my PlayStation 5. So not yet, but I hope to talk about actually doing it soon. And when we do, we will notify everyone immediately. Because I want to stop talking about it.”
I don’t blame Nikolich for getting tired of people talking about cross-development. This feature was probably the most requested feature for Respawn’s battle royale game, and conversations about it have dragged on for years, largely sparked by a comment from–at the time. –Respawn communications director Ryan Rigney in August 2021. In the Reddit AMA, he tells the player that cross progress will come in 2022. Obviously, that didn’t happen.
In October 2022, Nikolich told the press during the Apex Legends Season 15 preview event that there was “no real updates” on cross-progress. We heard nothing else until February 2023, when game director Steven Ferreira said cross progress is still “definitely coming.”
At this point, it looks like Respawn will delay promising any more release dates for cross-development until the team has concrete intentions. I think it’s safe to say we won’t get it in Season 17. We’ll see an implementation of a Weapon proficiency feature in Apex Legendshowever, as well as changes to World’s Edge and a new playable legend named Ballistic.
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