Unlike Fortnite, which introduced a physical edition early on, Respawn Entertainment’s Apex Legends released only as a free downloadable game. Electronic Arts has now decided to sell retail versions of Apex Legends in the upcoming months. Since the game has already come out in a free-to-play model, Respawn will add different in-game cosmetic rewards to compensate.
Descend on your enemies as an angel of death or be the stuff of nightmares as a diabolical demon with two physical editions of Apex Legends—available October 18.
— Apex Legends (@PlayApex) September 10, 2019
Two Apex Legends physical editions
There will be two different retail versions released by Respawn Entertainment. This is different from how Nintendo sells Pokémon versions as a pair, though, as those games often feature major differences from one another. In Apex Legends‘ case, the only difference between the two is the cosmetic rewards each holds.
The released images show one retail version of Apex Legends featuring combat medic character Lifeline on the cover, with a yellow and orange color scheme. The second features technological tracker character Bloodhound, in a red color scheme. Each copy will be priced at $19.99 USD, but fans must purchase both to unlock the full set of cosmetic rewards.
Each physical Apex Legend retail copy will also come with 1,000 Apex Coins. That same amount of Apex Coins would normally cost $10 USD in the in-game store. It will also come with a legendary character skin, weapon skin, unique banner, and a badge. Each copy will have a different set of cosmetic rewards which match its cover’s legend character.
The Bloodhound Edition features a Legendary The Intimidator Bloodhound skin, Legendary Wrath Bringer Prowler skin, Exclusive Feeling Impish Banner, Exclusive Tormentor Badge, and 1,000 Apex Coins. Meanwhile, the Lifeline Edition features a Legendary Guardian Angel Lifeline skin, Legendary Chooser of the Slain Flatline skin, Exclusive Winged Guardian Banner, Exclusive Angel Struck Badge, and 1,000 Apex Coins.
Respawn Entertainment will have to deal with complications that are introduced with cosmetic rewards. Last year, Epic Games released a Fortnite cosmetic reward attached with purchasing the Nintendo Switch bundle. Customers were allegedly able to purchase the Nintendo Switch bundle, use the Fortnite cosmetic redemption code, and then return the bundle for a full refund. Some left one-star reviews on Amazon, claiming they received Switch bundles with the code already scratched out.
Both Apex Legends physical copies will be released at every major retailer on Oct 18 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Origin on PC. No further information has been given on how the cosmetics will work or if the physical editions will come with actual game disks.