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.
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.
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.
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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.