One of the most anticipated battle royales of 2020 now has crossplay. Apex Legends originally released without the cross-platform feature which was lacking, until recently when Respawn announced a crossplay beta version for Season 6, as part of the Aftermarket Collection Event.
Get revved up for the Aftermarket Collection Event. Take part in the cross-play beta, dive into the new “Flashpoint” LTM, take on challenges to earn exclusive rewards, and more! It’s going to be a hell of a ride! ?
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Given the popularity of Apex Legends, many were excited to try out the new feature in hopes of jumping into the game with their friends on different platforms. After a successful beta that involved extensive testing to ensure everything worked as intended, Respawn Entertainment has promised to implement a crossplay feature in Season 7.
Here's everything you need to know about the crossplay feature in Apex Legends.
Cross-play includes all the major platforms: Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC (via either Steam or Origins).
Apex Legends Crossplay
In Apex Legends, the crossplay feature isn't as flexible as you might have hoped for, but it is certainly a step in the right direction. Just remember that the feature is still in beta and will evolve as we move forward.
For starters, console players will only match up with other console players. That means Playstation players can match up with Xbox players and vice versa.
PC players will still only match with other PC players. If a console player wishes to match with other PC players, they must have at least one PC player in their lobby/party. Once a PC player is in a lobby, their matchmaking will be in the same pool as the PC players.
To play with someone who is on another platform, you must add them as friends first. Adding friends from different platforms is quite easy in Apex Legends. All you need is their in-game name.
Go to your friends menu and click on the find friend option. Once selected, you can type in the name of the player you're looking for, which will show a list of all the players with that exact name along with an icon next to their name, indicating which platform the player is on.
The platform of all the players will be labeled next to their username in the game. For instance, if you are an Xbox player, and if your added friend is also on Xbox, the Xbox icon will be shown by your friend's username.
Disabling and Enabling Crossplay
The Crossplay beta feature will be enabled by default, but you can disable it if you want to. Head over to your settings menu and find "Cross Platform Play (BETA)" under the Gameplay tab. There will be two options to choose from - enable or disable.
Does it Offer Cross-Progression?
Unfortunately, the feature we have been discussing is strictly crossplay and not cross-progression. It will only allow you to play with your friends across different platforms. On a positive note, the developers have acknowledged the significance of cross-progression and might introduce it in the game later down the line.
Chad Grenier, game director of Apex Legends, has said that they are looking at all the available options to make it happen. The main complication is the implementation of cross-progression post-launch, as everyone has already bought the game on different platforms, all content will be on their respective platforms. We will have to wait and see how core-progression works out soon. Do not expect core-progression to be out anytime soon, though.