Apex Legends is getting big new features this week and a special event but there is one thing still missing off the list.
Apex Legends is coming to Nintendo Switch but publisher EA has remained coy on when it will arrive on the platform.
The Switch already has plenty of Battle Royale games but with a lack of Warzone on the platform, it’s stil a prime platform for Apex to launch on.
So while we can expect the final release time of Apex Legends Crossplay this week, we won’t be getting Switch at the same time.
The good news is that Chad Grenier, Game Director for Apex Legends and the person who has been explaining crossplay this week, has confirmed that Respawn are still working on the port.
WHEN IS CROSSPLAY COMING TO APEX LEGENDS?
Developers Repspawn Entertainment has confirmed that Apex Legends Crossplay has a release date set for Tuesday, October 6, 2020.
This will come packaged in a bigger update that will also launch the new Aftermarket event.
When it comes the official launch schedule, Respawn is expected to share when the next patch will be dropping.
For now, we would predict that the Apex Legends crossplay release time has been set for after 5pm BST, on October 6.
Gamers in the United States will want to keep an eye for extra news and a rather chunky patch going live past 11am PDT.
It should be noted that the Apex Legends crossplay launching this week is in beta testing, meaning that things could change before the full launch of the feature.
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.
Discussing the decision to keep players split up while offering different options to play together, Chad Grenier explained in a new post:
“We want 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.
“If you wish to disable cross-play altogether, you can disable cross platform play in the settings menu. Doing so will only put you into matches with other users on the same platform, who have also disabled cross platform play.
“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.
“We highly recommend leaving cross platform play enabled to ensure the best experience possible.”
October 6 will also see the launch of the new Aftermarket event, which brings another set of 24 themed, limited-time cosmetics to Apex Legends.
All 24 items will be available through direct purchase (for Apex Coins or Crafting Metals) and in Event Apex Packs for the entire duration of the event.
The development team has confirmed that each Event Pack will come with one event item and two non-event items.