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Hot Drop: Apex Legends' Battle Passes Have Fun Narrative Implications

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Hot Drop is GameSpot's weekly Apex Legends column, in which Jordan Ramée takes a closer look at Respawn's battle royale to provide additional insight into the game's evolution, as well as dive deeper into its episodic storytelling and characters.

Most aspects of Apex Legends contribute to the game's story--character design, Quest chapters, in-game conversations between the legends, map changes, legendary and mythic cosmetics.

Respawn has done a superb job twisting the evolutionary nature of live-service games to serve its brand of episodic storytelling.

And with that in mind, I think we can even consider Apex Legends' battle passes when we talk about the game's story. Admittedly, the battle passes only contribute in a rather simple way, but it's still cool to see how the battle passes seem to reinforce how the Syndicate has had a growing corporate presence in the Apex Games in the past several seasons, as the company endeavors to sell the blood sport to the general public.

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