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When is crossplay coming to Apex Legends? Everything we know

Published: 4/Oct/2020 16:53 Updated: 4/Oct/2020 16:54

by Calum Patterson

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Respawn Entertainment have confirmed that cross-platform play is coming to Apex Legends in Season 6, after endless requests from players. Here’s everything you need to know.

Cross-platform play or ‘crossplay’ is an increasingly popular feature in multiplayer games, in recent years, as it allows users on PS4, Xbox, PC, and even mobile devices to play against and alongside each other on the same servers.

Not only does it benefit players who want to play with friends who are on another platform, but it also benefits the game itself by increasing the overall player base, which can improve matchmaking and longevity.

Mirage, Crypto and WraithApex players have been calling on Respawn to add crossplay for a long time.

Fortnite was the trend-setter for crossplay, allowing friends on any device to play together, and with battle royale titles such as Warzone following suit, Apex Legends players are have expressed their hopes for the feature as well. Here’s everything we know so far about crossplay in Apex Legends.

Is crossplay coming to Apex Legends?

Respawn stated in June 2019 that they were interested in adding crossplay to Apex, which got everyone’s hopes up. Finally, they confirmed it was coming during EA Play in June. However, while they didn’t initially reveal an exact date, they have now announced that they will start with a beta to trial the upcoming feature.

After months of rumors and leaks, the Crossplay beta has been confirmed to go live along with the upcoming Aftermarket Collection event, which will be released during the update on Tuesday, October 6 for Apex Legends fans to test out.

However, while the crossplay beta is soon to be released, it remains unclear just how long this beta will last for, or if Respawn devs have planned to keep it until the feature’s full release, in a later update.

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Fans and even Respawn devs are eager to play with friends from other platforms in Apex Legends.

Apex Legends crossplay platforms

Everything. From PS4, Xbox One, PC, and now Switch, every platform that can play Apex Legends will be able to use crossplay. Even better, Apex is also coming to Steam, meaning PC players aren’t limited to EA’s Origin launcher.

It’s also expected, although not confirmed, that crossplay between console generations will be possible, ready for the launch of PS5 and Xbox Series X. It’s also likely that this new cross-platform system will work for mobile, as it was confirmed in May that a mobile version of Apex Legends is on the way.

How will crossplay work in Apex Legends?

Respawn are yet to dive into the full break down of how crossplay will work, but console players will be able to opt-out of crossplay if they want to. This is sometimes desirable as going up against PC players with mouse aim can feel like an unfair challenge.

However, if a console player wants to party up with a PC player, then of course crossplay would be enabled. An EA engineer, not tied to Apex Legends directly, said “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.”

Respawn will likely share more information about how exactly crossplay will be implemented across the different platforms, and if cross-progression is coming, once the beta has been launched on October 6.

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Apex Legends adds Double XP to finish Battle Pass before Season 7

Published: 29/Oct/2020 17:00

by Calum Patterson

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Respawn Entertainment are adding double XP to Apex Legends, so that players can complete their Season 6 Battle pass before Season 7 starts, after they shortened it by a week.

Season 7 was initially due to start on November 10, as the battle pass ‘days remaining’ had indicated for the majority of the current season.

However, only 3 weeks out, Respawn changed the date to November 4, unannounced, leaving players somewhat confused about the amount of time they had left to finish all their battle pass levels.

Apex Legends game director Chad Grenier apologized for the lack of communication on the matter, and assured players that they were working on a Double XP period to give players a boost and a chance to get the battle pass completed before it changes to Season 7.

When is Apex Legends Double XP?

The Double XP week is due to start on Thursday, October 29, at 10AM PT (1pm ET / 5pm GMT), and run until the end of the Season.

The exact start time for Apex Legends Season 7 is not confirmed yet, though the usual time is either 10AM or 8AM PT.

Grenier also previously said that there would be a slight ‘retune’ the Season 7 battle pass, but didn’t go into details about what exactly that would mean.

Season 7 starts on all platforms on November 4.