Apex Legends announces cross-play beta2nd October 2020
Repsawn’s popular battle royale Apex Legends will finally receive cross-play support during an upcoming beta next week.
It will be the first time players from Xbox One, PS4 and PC can play together since the game debuted back in early 2019.
The developer revealed that cross-play functionality will go live as part of a beta test alongside the launch of the limited-time Aftermarket Collection event.
It will be enabled for all players by default; however, initially, only Xbox and PlayStation users will be grouped together.
Console gamers will still have the option to play with those on PC by opting into a lobby with friends on that platform.
“Since the launch of Apex Legends, cross-play has been one of the most requested features from our players who want the ability to play with their friends on other platforms,” said game director Chad Grenier to The Verge.
“During the cross-play beta, players will have full access to cross-play functionality while we collect data, test the feature at scale.”
Respawn has cautioned people to not disable cross-play when it is live, as it could increase matchmaking times due to the servers having to find a game solely with users of that specific platform that have turned off the functionality.
“This has a high chance of making your queue times very very long, as we anticipate that most users will have cross-play enabled given its default state of ‘enabled’ and the requests for the feature from so many players,” Grenier elaborated.
Both the Aftermarket Collection limited-time event and cross-play beta will go live for Apex Legends on October 6, 2020.
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