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Apex Legends is getting cross-platform matchmaking

Published: 18:27, 01 October 2020
Updated: 18:45, 01 October 2020
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Apex Legends, Season 6 legend - Rampart
Apex Legends, Season 6 legend - Rampart

Respawn Entertainment's popular free-to-play Battle-royal first-person shooter, Apex Legends, is getting cross-play support across all supported platforms.

CROSS-PLAY BETA

In the same manner as Fortnite, Call of Duty: Warzone, etc., Apex Legends is getting cross-play support. Cross-play was one of the most requested features since the launch of Apex Legends, and soon, players will be able to party up and play together across all currently supported platforms and bring hell on each other in online cross-platform mayhem.

Respawn Entertainment revealed that Beta for the cross-platform feature will begin October 6, with the Origin version in the play, and the Steam version getting in the mix later on. No mention of the Switch version, whatsoever, even though, Switch version of Apex Legends was announced and included in the cross-play scenario.

EA Apex Legends screenshot, showing to game characters. Cross-play arrives in Apex Legends, Beta starts Oct 6.

Cross-play is going to be enabled by default, Respawn said, but players can opt-out of the feature. The studio warned that players who disable cross-play will only be matched against each other, which runs the risk of “making your queue times very very long.”

The cross-progress will not be available. “While we do believe this is a valuable feature, it’s unfortunately not available for Apex Legends at this time,” Respawn said in a blog post . “However, we will talk more about this at our Steam launch later in the year.”

This all part of the latest Collection Event, Aftermarket, launching on Tuesday, October 6.

The Aftermarket Collection Event brings a ton of new content including a brand new LTM called Flashpoint, tricked out event cosmetics, free rewards for playing, and the cross-play feature, as mentioned earlier in the article.

CROSS-PLAY MATCHMAKING

We think it’s also important to talk about how cross-play matchmaking works. 

Before cross-play, each platform would only play with and against other users on the same platform. Now, all console players will play together, and PC players will continue to play only with other PC players

Respawn Entertainment wants to ensure that keyboard and mouse PC players are not being matched against console players, for reasons that should be obvious. 

If, however, an Xbox One or PlayStation 4 player and PC player party up together, they will be put into PC matches. This ensures that the console games don’t have PC players in them, but still allows for the console player to play with their PC friend if they opt-in.

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