Apex Legends saw a pretty exciting year in 2021. Here are five things we can expect to be added to the game in 2022.

Apex Legends enjoyed a great year in 2021 which saw it go toe to toe with some of the most popular multiplayer shooters out there. There's plenty of talk from the developers and 2022 is looking like an ambitious year for the game. Apex Legends is at a point where it is enjoying a lot of popularity as a battle royale game in an extremely competitive genre. It needs to keep growing in order to remain relevant and we expect some pretty exciting stuff from the game in 2022. So without further ado, here are 5 things to expect in Apex Legends in 2022.

Cross-Platform Progression

The Apex Legends player base has been asking for cross-platform progression for a long time now. Ever since they added cross-play, the game has become very popular across different consoles and platforms.

A lot of players made the switch to console to PC and vice-versa expecting their progress and cosmetics to carry over. Unfortunately, they had to start afresh which meant none of their cosmetics and past season progress was relevant on their platform of choice.

Josh Medina, an Apex Legends producer confirmed on Twitter that they were working on bringing Cross Progression to the game.

Next-Gen Upgrade & Console Support

Josh Medina's tweet also confirms that they're working on upgrading the game for next-gen consoles. This is exciting news for PS5 and Xbox Series S/X owners. A next-gen upgrade would potentially imply 4k or 1440p 120 FPS gameplay. It'll also be interesting to see if Respawn Entertainment utilizes of the PS5's Dualsense Controller and add support for advanced haptic feedback and adaptive triggers.

More LTMs

The community has been quite upset with Respawn over the lack of LTMs in the game for a long time. However, the pandemic was at large and all studios had to slow down on their projects because of it. The studio recently put out a job listing on their site specifically looking for a Game Designer - Modes. Josh Medina also stated in his tweet that he wanted the studio to do more LTMs or Game Mode Variants.

These imply some interesting developments for the game in 2022. We could be getting some exciting new LTMs but the fact that they're hiring for the position indicates more. Maybe we could see the addition of new permanent game modes like Team Deathmatch (which already exists in Apex Legends Mobile) or Capture the Flag modes? Here's hoping.

Better lore and Titanfall story elements

It's safe to say that 2021 was a pretty slow year for Apex Legends when it comes to lore. The entire Fuse-Maggie storyline seemed interesting until it ended and players realized it felt like filler and ended abruptly. Not to mention the annoying switch to Maggie being the announcer.

Barring Bangalore's origin story they've been developing through comics on Twitter and later, the Gridiron Stories from the Outlands trailer, the lore hasn't quite developed very well in the latter half of 2021.

There are plenty of developments but none quite like the in-game comics and the playable missions in the previous year. The closest we got to proper in-game lore was Bloodhound's mission.

In 2022, it's safe to assume we'll be getting plenty of lore and Bloodhound's mission was only the tip of the iceberg. Apex Legends shares its universe with the Titanfall video games.

The shared universe is already rich in lore and has a lot of potential in terms of storytelling. Respawn Entertainment have gone out of their way to remind everyone multiple times that Titanfall is still a core part of their DNA.

It looks like we can assume plenty of Titanfall themed content this year if the Gridiron trailer is anything to go by.

Apex Legends Mobile

Image Source: EA
Image Source: EA

All its BR competitors have enjoyed resounding success with the mobile gaming audience. Call of Duty Mobile, PUBG, and Fortnite all have a popular mobile version that hundreds of thousands of players enjoy around the world on the go. Apex Legends mobile is still not fully out there in terms of its development and has a long way to go.

We're expecting a lot of development progress on the mobile version of the game. Here's hoping it competes against the heavy hitters of Android and iOS and taps into a gigantic player base.

Ash was the last legend to be introduced in 2021
Ash was the last legend to be introduced in 2021

An ambitious year ahead for Apex Legends 2022?

Apex Legends has grown considerably and evolved into a unique and exciting multiplayer shooter over 2021. The game is much larger and very different from what it was at launch. The year began with the launch of Season 8 - Mayhem and ended with Season 11 - Escape.

Along with four seasons of the battle pass and ranked content, the game received a lot of content additions. Fuse, Valkyrie, Seer, and Ash were added to the game. The 30-30 repeater, Bocek Bow, Rampage LMG, and the CAR SMG were the new weapons added to the game.

Respawn also finally added a new game mode in the form of Arenas in Season 9. Despite having its own issues, it was a fresh change of pace from 8 seasons of Battle Royale. Aside from that, we've seen some interesting balancing and meta changes with defensive legends like Caustic and Rampart finally becoming relevant again.

The pandemic seems to have returned with the Omicron variant and COVID cases are on the rise. That said, Respawn seems to have found a way to deliver great content despite these conditions and we can expect 2022 to be a great year for the game. Fingers crossed and hoping for the best!

The year wasn't without its issues though, and the massive player base means catering to more complicated demands and increased server load. A few senior team members including Vince Zappala and Chad Grenier also left Respawn Entertainment. Despite these challenges, Apex Legends 2022 looks promising with a large, sustainable player base.

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