Apex Legends will quickly get cross-platform play on PlayStation 4, Home windows PC, and Xbox One, developer Respawn Leisure confirmed Thursday. The oft-requested characteristic will go into beta testing on these platforms on Oct. 6, together with on Origin for PC, with cross-play assist for the Steam model coming later.
Cross-platform play will probably be enabled by default, Respawn mentioned, however gamers can decide out of the characteristic. The studio warned that gamers who disable cross-play will solely be matched towards one another, which runs the danger of “making your queue instances very very lengthy.”
Respawn didn’t point out the Nintendo Swap model of Apex Legends, which was introduced in June and confirmed to be a part of the developer’s cross-platform plans, in Thursday’s announcement.
Cross-progression — gameplay progress carrying over throughout all platforms for the free-to-play battle royale recreation — won’t be obtainable. “Whereas we do imagine it is a invaluable characteristic, it’s sadly not obtainable for Apex Legends presently,” Respawn mentioned in a weblog publish. “Nevertheless, we are going to discuss extra about this at our Steam launch later within the 12 months.”
Respawn’s implementation of cross-play for Apex Legends will matchmake console gamers with console gamers, and PC gamers with PC gamers. Nevertheless, Respawn mentioned that if an “Xbox One or Ps Four participant and PC participant social gathering up collectively, they are going to be put into PC matches. This ensures that the console video games don’t have PC gamers in them, however nonetheless permits for the console participant to play with their PC good friend in the event that they opt-in.”
Respawn can be launching a two-week Assortment Occasion known as Aftermarket on Oct. 6. Apex Legends will get new event-themed cosmetics and a brand new mode known as Flashpoint, which is able to spawn bubbles on the map (known as Flashpoints) that can regenerate gamers’ well being and shields. Gamers will congregate — and conflict with one another — on these Flashpoints because the circle closes in on them.
Extra particulars on Flashpoint and the Aftermarket Assortment Occasion, in addition to specifics on cross-play matchmaking, can be found at EA’s Apex Legends web site.