Electronic Arts has confirmed that Apex Legends Season 1,
Wild Frontier, will go live at 10 am PT/1 pm ET tomorrow, March 19, and has also (finally) dropped the details on the Season 1 Battle Pass.
The Battle Pass will go for 950 Apex coins on its own—about $10—or in a Battle Pass Bundle for 2800 Apex coins that catapults you to level 25 from the start. Purchasing the pass will immediately unlock the Lifelife Revolutionary, Wraith Survivor, and Mirage Outlaw skins, and as pass owners advance in levels through the season they'll earn rewards including player and weapon skins, trackers, and badges. It doesn't appear that weekly challenges are a part of the deal. More than 100 items are up for grabs, and everything earned during the first season is yours to keep.
The pass can be purchased at any time during the first season, and rewards will automatically unlock up to your current seasonal level, so you won't miss out on anything if you're late to the party. The Battle Pass Bundle will unlock the rewards for 25 levels beyond your current level, so if you're on level 20 when you purchase it, for instance, you'll be given all the rewards up to level 45.
All players, with or without the Battle Pass, can earn a Wild Frontier character skin, five Apex Packs, and 18 Wild Frontier stat tracks simply by playing during season 1, and the Battle Pass reward items can also be earned by players who don't have the pass, just at a far slower pace. (Remember, Apex Packs stop dropping at every level once you hit level 20, so you're probably not going to grind all of this stuff out without help.)
EA confirmed in a more in-depth blog post that season 1 loot will not be tied to in-game challenges like, say, doing "a 720 backflip off of Watchtower Artemis and get two Wingman headshots before hitting the ground." That sort of thing may be incorporated into future Battle Passes, but for season 1 it wants to keep the focus on playing and learning the game.
Players can earn a Battle Pass progression bonus, however, by playing a variety of different characters, rather than focusing on one or two, "because we believe true mastery in Apex Legends means being a badass with anyone in any situation at any time," lead product manager Lee Horn wrote.
"We’ve tried to create a Battle Pass where first-time spenders can get a strong base of weapon and character cosmetics to fill out their initial collection at a deep discount. In addition, we’ve included our first ever three-stage evolving Legendary Havoc weapon skin (for veterans who are looking for the new hotness), as well as Epic and Legendary Apex Packs."
Horn ran down the full list of rewards available in the Battle Pass in a post on Reddit:
1000 Apex Coins (these can be put toward the next Battle Pass if you like)
Apex's first ever 3-stage Evolving Legendary Weapon Skin (Havoc)
Exclusive Epic PDW weapon skin
Legendary Apex Pack with Guaranteed 1+ Legendary
Epic Apex Pack with Guaranteed 1+ Epic
5 standard Apex Packs
3 Legend skins
20 exclusive rare weapon skins
9 exclusive banner frames
9 exclusive intro quips
9 exclusive seasonal stat trackers
Exclusive badges, Battle Pass boosts and more!
He also clarified in a separate post that player and Battle Pass levels "are completely independent and don't impact each other." Battle Pass level will reset at the end of each season, but the player level will not.
A full list of rewards and other details can be had at ea.com.