Is Apex Legends coming to next-gen consoles? PS5 & Xbox Series X
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Is Apex Legends coming to next-gen consoles? PS5 & Xbox Series X

Published: 10/Sep/2020 14:16 Updated: 10/Sep/2020 15:01

by David Purcell

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Is Apex Legends coming out on next-gen consoles? That’s the big question players are asking ahead of Sony’s PS5 release and Microsoft’s Xbox Series X/S release. Here, we break down all of the confirmed info, leaks, and rumors. 

Apex Legends has gone from strength-to-strength since launch in February 2019. Each season delivers more Legends, weapons, and map changes. Respawn is also adding cross-play, plus a Steam and Nintendo Switch release.

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With all that said, Epic Games – developers of Fortnite – are so far one of the only developers in the BR space to confirm their game will be playable on next-gen. They will be moving to a new engine, too, which leaves Apex players wondering where they stand.

So, let’s take a look…

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Apex Legends fans will have to be satisfied with new legend Rampart this season.
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Rampart was added in Apex Legends Season 6.

Apex Legends next-gen release date

As far as a release date goes, nothing has been set in stone for the game. We do have some dates to work with, however. The Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S will be hitting the shelves on November 10, so we should expect – if it’s a straight port over to next-gen and not a huge rebuild – for Apex to be available around that time, on all platforms.

Respawn Entertainment have heavily implied Apex Legends will be playable on next-gen consoles, though they haven’t explicitly confirmed as much. Just like the current version, it should be available to download on both PS5 and Xbox Series X/S, though.

Last October, during an EA earnings call, chief executive Andrew Wilson said: “Apex Legends is a major long-term franchise for us, and since launch, we’ve significantly expanded the team working on the game and it continues to grow. Our pipeline of future content is packed with really fun experiences that will be delivered through upcoming seasons and a regular cadence of updates for the community.

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Apex Legends screenshot
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Players are expecting big things from Apex on next-gen.

On top of that, EA COO and CFO Blake Jorgensen said: “Obviously, Apex is a new live service, which we will invest heavily to try to continue to grow that business. We view that as an annual shooter franchise effectively, and we’re trying to build that as a 10-year business, not a one year or two year business. And we’re very excited about the roadmap that the Respawn team has put in place.”

What does the future hold for Apex? Well, strap yourself in for the ride and see what happens. They haven’t given much away as of yet.

Interesting job listing

That all said, one job listing from Respawn Entertainment pretty much confirms what they haven’t yet said.

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Back in May, they were advertising for the role of Senior Rendering Engineer to “push next-generation platforms and the PC to their limits on Apex.” It does mention next-gen in the advert as well, so that clears things up. Clearly, plans are in place for it to roll out – which matches their ambitions to have Apex last around a decade.

Cross-play coming on next-gen?

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Players will be hoping to take their account progression from one console to another when Apex Legends comes out on next-gen.

One of the most sought after features, but Respawn Entertainment are yet to deliver on cross-play.

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Games like Fortnite and Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War have already confirmed this capability, but will Apex follow suit? Members of the community would be delighted to have the chance to move account progression from one place to another if they buy a new console.

As of September 2020, we do know that cross-play is coming to Apex Legends this Fall. Developers announced as much during the June 2020 EA Play conference, and it might come just in time for next-gen as well. November is the release date for the PS5 and Xbox, so expect to see the game land on both of them with cross-play, if they stick to schedule.

They are, however, yet to dive deeper into the finer details of how it will work. Once we know more, we’ll update this article.

Apex Legends getting new map on next-gen?

It looks like Apex Legends fans may have to wait a little longer before they get to go to Olympus.
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Olympus is one of many possible destinations for the next Apex Legends map.

There has been rumblings in relation to a new map for months now, with Kings Canyon and World’s Edge the only ones available as of Season 6.

A few have been referenced in the game’s lore, and others have been linked by association to the Titanfall world. Rumored new maps include the following:

  • Olympus
  • Gridiron
  • Harmony
  • Leviathan
  • Troy

Olympus, a city on Psamathe, is the most likely location for a new map, as it was teased in the Season 5 quest ending.

There’s no confirmation that these will be new Apex Legends maps in the near future, although the move to PS5 and Xbox Series X/S would be a perfect time to pull the trigger.


When we get more official information on Apex Legends next-gen, we’ll add to this article. Until then, enjoy yourself on the current generation of consoles.

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How does Apex Legends crossplay beta work?

Published: 1/Oct/2020 19:40 Updated: 1/Oct/2020 20:06

by Tanner Pierce

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After being promised a few months back, crossplay is finally coming to Apex Legends in beta form. 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, crossplay is slowly but surely becoming the norm across many titles in the gaming industry.

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One major title that didn’t have the feature for the longest time, though, was Apex Legends. Fortunately, in June 2020 during EA Play, the developers announced that this would be changing, and that crossplay would be coming to the battle royale game in the near future. Now, Electronic Arts and Respawn have released details about the feature. Here’s everything you need to know about it.

First, it’s only releasing as a beta, for the Aftermarket Collection event. This is so Respawn can text all the features before implementing it fully, along with the Steam and Switch release. For now, cross-play is only between PS4, Xbox One, and Origin.

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How to add friends on other platforms

Finding people to play with on other platforms is relatively easy. All you have to do is open the friends menu, click the Find Friend option and search for their name.The game will automatically look for any player matching that name on any system.

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Simply search your friends on all platforms to find them.

How to enable/disable crossplay

Crossplay 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 what if you don’t want to participate in the beta? What if you didn’t originally but now you want to try it out?

The option to enable and disable crossplay is found in the settings menu. This creates the possibility of longer wait times, 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.

Can PC players play with console players?

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

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.

Given the fact that this is a beta, this can obviously change in time for the full release. However, this is currently how it’s set up.

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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.

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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.