The stealthy release of Apex Legends may have surprised fans but Respawn Entertainment have already put plenty of plans in place, including the possibility of cross-platform play.
Since a number of parties have to agree for cross-platform play to work, it can be a tricky sea to navigate. Still, that doesn’t stop fans calling for the ability to be playing, on one device, against their friends and other players on other devices.
Now, fans of Apex Legends might just be able to spread their names from one device to the other with cross-platform play.
Sadly, the title has yet to follow the examples set by games like Fortnite and introduce cross-platform play. Again, it is a difficult mechanic to setup as lots of moving parts have to fall in place for it to happen.
However, there is a light at the end of the tunnel for fans who want do cross-platform play in the new Battle Royale.
It might not be available just yet but at some point, yes, it will be. In an interview with Eurogamer, Respawn Entertainment’s Lead Producer - Drew McCoy - confirmed that cross-play for Apex Legends is in the works and will be coming during the game's lifespan.
Respawn said it "plans to allow players to play with their friends on other platforms", but, there's a catch. Although cross-platform play is set to come, cross-progression is not. Cross-progression will apparently "never be possible due to the way systems were set up early on."
In an interview with GameInformer, PlayStation executive Shawn Layden appeared to confirm that Sony would be interested in cross-platform play too, stating: "We're open for business on this one. All it takes is for publishers and developers who wish to permission it. I don't believe right now that there is any gating factor on that. I think they're open to make proposals, because the Fortnite thing worked pretty well."
Despite his revealing interview, McCoy did not reveal an official date for when cross-platform play can be expected.
We can deduce, however, that seeing as Respawn are already talking about cross-platform play and the game has only been out for such a small amount of time, that it won’t be too far away. It's possible that Respawn are waiting on Sony to allow this to happen, as they are usually the last platform to make themselves available for cross-platform play. This may change however, as Sony as recently let both Fortnite and Rocket League players on their console link up with those on Xbox One.
The free-to-play game is currently available on PlayStation 4, PC and Xbox One and crossed the 25 million players mark within the first week of its release.
It may only be just over a three weeks old but the title has certainly made waves in the gaming world.