Why Apex Legends’ Upcoming ‘Elite Queue’ Is A Great Sign For Casual Players
Apex Legends Season One Wild Frontier is nearing its end, and developer Respawn has begun teasing the next season. Alongside much needed tweaks and additions to the battle pass, the developers are adding the Apex Elite Queue.
Apex Elite Queue
Starting next Tuesday, Apex Legends will add the Apex Elite Queue. In order to participate in these matches, you’ll first need to place top 5 in any match. In order to keep playing in the elite queue, you will have to keep finishing in the top 5. Players in the elite queue will be pitted against other players who also placed top 5.
Currently, all Apex Legends players are put together in the same match. The game does not use any sort of matchmaking mechanic to match players of similar skill levels. For this reason, the Apex elite queue is going to be a game changer.
Apex Legends players looking to be challenged competitively will have a better gameplay experience playing in the elite queue. As a direct consequence, casual players looking to have fun won’t get outgunned every game by those who play-to-win. While there’s nothing stopping the more skilled players from continuing to play in regular matches, the elite queue aims to be a more appealing option for them.
Responding to community feedback, Apex Legends is making major changes to its battle pass and leveling system.
Daily and Weekly Challenges
Season two will introduce Daily and Weekly challenges that can be completed for battle pass experience. There’s no time limit to these challenges, and you will be able to complete all of them before the end of the season.
“While we don’t want to introduce wacky challenges that drastically warp the way you play the game, these challenges should provide some interesting variation from game-to-game,” writes Respawn.
In terms of cosmetics, the first battle pass was quite underwhelming. The second iteration of the battle pass ditches the boring badge and stat tracker rewards on the premium path. “You’ll still get a seasonal badge, but it’ll be a single, evolving badge that won’t take up any additional reward slots!” The seasonal win trackers will still be available as part of the free path.
Most importantly, three new legendary items are being added to the battle pass. Instead of just one legendary at level 100, there will now be a legendary item every 25 battle pass levels. “Our goal is to have a nice balance of cool character exclusives and cosmetics for everyone (like weapon skins).”
Other notable changes include voice lines being replaced with crafting metal rewards. Respawn will share more information about season two during a live stream on June 8th.