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Respawn confirms Apex Legends crossplay won’t pair console and PC players

Published: 27/Jul/2020 3:47 Updated: 27/Jul/2020 4:10

by Isaac McIntyre

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Apex Legends crossplay is going to keep PC players separate from their console rivals ⁠— for the most part ⁠— Respawn has confirmed, after fans expressed concerns mouse & keyboard fans would “dominate” once the new link-up feature is introduced.

In a TikTok video, Apex Legends software engineer Jake Smullin said the Respawn team had seen “lots of console players worry about [crossplay]”. The main worries were that PC based players would “dominate” lobbies with console-based fans.

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There’s no reason to panic, Smullin explained; there’s “no chance” Apex Legends will match computer-based players up with console opponents. That is, he added, unless you have a PC player on your fireteam too after the crossplay update.

“I wanted to clear something up about crossplay. You will only be in PC crossplay lobbies if you have a PC player on your team,” Smullin wrote in his TikTok video, which was unearthed by DBLTAP on July 26.

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“Have been seeing lots of console players worrying… but don’t. Everyone should be excited! So, please, no more ‘not crossplay, PC is gonna dominate us’. Crossplay is going to be huge for Apex Legends.”

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Apex Legends console fans were worried they’d be outclassed by PC players after the crossplay update.

After more than a year of waiting, Apex Legends crossplay was finally announced during the 2020 EA Play event in June. Respawn didn’t pen in any specific launch date, however, simply confirming it was coming “this Fall.”

Crossplay has been one of the most-demanded features for the battle royale since it was released in early 2019. With more modern titles connecting the different gaming platforms together, it was only a matter of time.

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Apex rivals Fortnite and Warzone have boasted crossplay features for some time now, while Rocket League ⁠— which is set to go free-to-play later this year ⁠— and Destiny 2 also recently made the crossplay switch.

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Apex Legends still has a massive slate of updates coming in the rest of 2020.

Don’t forget, crossplay isn’t the only thing Respawn has planned for Apex Legends this year either. The character-based battle royale will finally make its long-awaited debut on Valve’s Steam game browser. Apex’s platform move will happen in Fall.

The cross-platform feature will also be vital for Apex as the next generation of consoles land these holidays. The title’s player base is expected to partially fragment again when the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 are released in December.

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Apex’s planned release on the Nintendo Switch ⁠— currently penciled in for mid-October — will only compound any potential problems too. Basically, Respawn’s decision to hit that crossplay button has come at the perfect time.

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Apex Legends release for Nintendo Switch delayed

Published: 23/Oct/2020 17:54 Updated: 23/Oct/2020 18:01

by Alan Bernal

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Respawn Entertainment has announced that they are delaying the official release of Apex Legends on Nintendo Switch, after announcing their launch on Steam for PC players.

The news that Apex was coming to Switch was first shared during the EA Play Live event on June 18, where they revealed the next stages of the game’s development. It finally put a host of rumors and leaks to bed since Apex’s debut back in 2019, as players wanted to immediately take the Arena with them on-the-go shortly after launch.

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The news would have opened the game to expand its player count by millions, but Switch players will now have to wait a little longer after further delays were announced.

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Respawn confirmed that the new Switch port has been delayed until early 2021 after it was expected to arrive with the Steam version of the game.

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“For those who game on the Nintendo Switch, we’re still hard at work on the port, but in order to do justice to the game and make it into the great experience Switch players deserve, our team needs more time,” Apex Game Director Chad Grenier confirmed, on October 23.

“This year has brought on unexpected new challenges, to put it mildly, and we don’t want to rush anything out,” the Respawn dev continued, “Switch owners can expect to get their hands on Apex Legends next year.”

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Apex Legends will be on all the major consoles in early 2021.

While it is being delayed, he confirmed that it still arrive with all of the expected features, “of course, when Apex Legends does launch on Switch, it’ll come with support for cross-platform play, our latest seasonal content, and full feature parity with the other versions of the game.”

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This won’t be the first time a major battle royale comes to Nintendo Switch. EA and Apex Legends are going to compete against Epic Games and Fortnite for the many battle royale fans on the platform.

The initial announcement was a longtime coming. Reports for a Nintendo Switch port have been around for about as long as Apex Legends has been released to the world.

In a 2019 interview only months after Apex’s release, Project lead at the time, Drew McCoy, said that the company knew a Nintendo port was on many people’s wishlist. Since then, it’s been a waiting game for Nintendo fans who have been waiting to get into the Arena.

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Players from all walks of consoles will be able to drop into Apex Legends soon.

There were a lot of questions revolving around the technical limitations of the Switch that would be a hurdle for a port, but the developers are now committed to releasing it early in 2021.

It’s unclear what the download size for the Switch version will be, so stay tuned to Dexerto for all the latest information on the upcoming Apex Legends port.

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