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Apex Legends crossplay guide: How to play with friends on PC and console

Published: 1/Nov/2020 15:19 Updated: 17/Nov/2020 10:13

by Tanner Pierce

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After being promised a few months back, cross-platform play is finally arriving in Apex Legends Season 7. Here’s everything you need to know about the new feature, including how it works, how to disable it, and more.

At one point, many people thought that playing an online game with your friends on another console was a pipe dream. Now, in 2020, thanks to a combination of modern technology and mega-corporations deciding to play nicely with each other, cross-play is slowly but surely becoming the norm across many titles in the gaming industry.

One major title that didn’t have the feature for the longest time, though, was Apex Legends. Fortunately, in June 2020, during EA Play, Respawn developers announced that this would be changing and that cross-platform support would finally be coming to the battle royale game.

It was first released in beta form, for the Aftermarket Collection event. This was so Respawn could test all the features before implementing it fully, and for any future changes they might make. As Apex Legends has yet to release on Switch, cross-play is only between PS4, Xbox One, Origin, and Steam.

How does Apex Legends crossplay work?

By default, PC players will only be matched with PC players in normal matchmaking, while console players will only be matched among themselves.

That being said, consoles can still play with PC should they so desire it, but they have to be in a party together before they start matchmaking. After that, the game will include PC players in the pool to search from.

How to add friends on PC, Xbox, PlayStation

Finding people to play with on other platforms is relatively easy, all you will need to connect with players on other platforms is their in-game name.

Once you have their name, simply open the friends menu from the main lobby screen, click the Find Friend option and search for their name.

The game will automatically look for any player matching that name on any system. After searching for another player, you will have to select the username that matches the platform they are playing on.

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Simply search your friends’ usernames on all platforms to find them.

How to turn off Apex Legends crossplay

Cross-play is automatically enabled, so if you don’t have to do anything right off the bat if you want to play with people on other platforms.

But if you don’t want to participate in the beta, the option to enable and disable it is found in the settings menu. This creates the possibility of longer wait times, though, as you’re effectively restricting the pool of players that the game can search. Still, the option is there if you want it.

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The ability to enable and disable crossplay will be in the settings menu, but it’s enabled by default.

Is cross-progression enabled for the game?

While this is something that’s being considered by Respawn, the feature is not enabled in Apex Legends currently, so if you want to play on another console, you won’t have any of your items that you previously unlocked. Respawn say that cross-progression is a “valuable” feature, but will take about it during the Steam launch later this year.

All in all, this seems like a great beta and a chance to get feedback from the community. As previously mentioned, given the fact that this is a beta, things can obviously change and be tweaked but for right now, this is a good start.

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EA says Respawn has full control over making Titanfall 3 or not

Published: 25/Feb/2021 10:59

by Calum Patterson

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As dedicated Titanfall fans wait impatiently for any kind of update on a third game in the series, EA have said that it’s entirely up to Respawn what games they make – whether it’s Titanfall 3 or anything else.

Titanfall 2, the 2016 sequel, has been praised widely as one of the best multiplayer games of the decade, despite a middling sales performance, generally blamed on a very congested release period.

In 2019, Respawn revealed their next game – Apex Legends – would be a battle royale set in the Titanfall universe, but very clearly not a third entry in the main series.

Understandably, this disappointed Titanfall fans immensely, and despite the massive success of Apex Legends (which surpassed all expectations), Titanfall 3 is still a hopeful pipe dream for many fans.

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With its Steam release, Titanfall 2 saw a surge in new players.

EA responds to Titanfall 3 rumors

Speaking to IGN, EA’s Chief studios officer Laura Miele has said that whether Titanfall 3 comes or not is entirely up to Respawn Entertainment.

“Apex takes place in the Titanfall world and the Respawn team is incredibly proud of that legacy and brand,” Miele said.

“[Respawn] will determine what the future holds for Apex and Titanfall,” she continued. “I don’t believe in directing or telling games teams what to create, it has to come from the player community, and the inspiration and motivation of developers.”

Apex Legends dev on Titanfall possibility

So, what has Respawn said about a potential Titanfall 3? Well, on Twitter, Chad Grenier, game director on Apex Legends, has given fans a glimmer of hope.

Responding to a fan asking if Chad would like to develop Titanfall 3, Grenier said, “Yes! Loved Titanfall 2, campaign was a blast creating. I think there are a lot of people who would love a sequel, or never experienced 1 & 2.

“I love Apex too though, and it’s still growing strong! Who knows what the future will hold.”

There are no guarantees then, and for the time being, Respawn’s full attention is on Apex Legends. After all, the battle royale has been going from strength-to-strength, releasing on Switch in March and then mobile later in 2021.

As for Titanfall, it’s certainly not off the table, but we’re not expecting any big announcements anytime soon. Earlier in January, it was revealed via a job listing that Respawn are working on a totally new IP.