Yesterday on the Apex Legends blog, Chad Grenier, Game Director on Apex Legends, announced that the Nintendo Switch launch date for Apex Legends has been delayed until next year. The Respawn developed title was originally planned to release on Nintendo Switch in Fall 2020 along with a Steam version of the game. The delay comes as a result of ongoing issues surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic that as a result of which the team decided not to rush the game out this year.
Interestingly, Grenade stated that despite the delay of the Nintendo Switch version, the Steam version of Apex Legends is still on track to launch next month on November 4th. Respawn has previously confirmed that when Apex Legends does launch for Nintendo Switch, it will support cross-platform play, the latest seasonal content, and full feature parity with the other version of the game.
Respawn also announced that the Steam launch of Apex Legends will feature exclusive items. The exclusive launch items for the Steam version include Wattson, Octane, and Portal Gun Charms for everyone on the platform. In addition, it was announced that account progression and unlocks will carry over for anyone previously playing on Origin who now wishes to play the game on Steam.
Cross-play is finally set to arrive in Apex Legends. The feature that Respawn Entertainment originally promised back in June will arrive tomorrow in an initial beta test available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Origin for PC. The cross-play beta will arrive with update for the start of the Aftermarket Collection Event and an all-new limited-time event called Flashpoint.
Starting tomorrow, beta participants will be able to party up with friends that play on other platforms. The new in-game system will essentially function as a friends list that allows them to send invites to players on other platforms – a similar system to those used other popular titles with cross-play including Fortnite and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Warzone. The new friends list will also indicate each players platform.
While in beta, in-game chat will work for cross-platform parties, however, cross-platform progression will not be supported. Support for this feature may arrive later down the road though, as Respawn stated they will discuss the issue in more detail later this year when the game launches for other systems. There is currently no support for Apex Legends on Switch or Steam, however these versions of the game are expected to be available soon and it is logical to assume they will be integrated into the cross-play system when they do arrive.
Respectfully, Respawn has stated they will not force console players to match with PC players. All console players, however, will now automatically play together, while PC players will only play with other PC players. This decision is in stark contrast to how Activision handles cross-play for Warzone, where Xbox One players are forced to play with PC players – a decision that has created a lot of public outcry from the Xbox One community.
Respawn stated, “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.”
Season 6 of Apex Legends has introduced many new changes with a plethora of new features and content aside from the usual expected arrivals like weapons and legends. It seems that Respawn Entertainment is adamant this season to bringing new features to game in effort to expand its player base and be as competitive as possible against other titles in the increasingly crowded genre of free-to-play Battle Royale games.
This season alone has introduced a new crafting system along with holo-sprays among other in-game changes. However, it appears that additional changes may also be arriving soon, as a new leak suggests that ground emotes are also on the way. A feature that gained original popularity in Fortnite, it now seems that Apex Legends wants in on the fun too.
The evidence for the emotes was uncovered by data-miners @Shrugtal and @Biast12_ and it appears as though they will work the same way in Apex Legends as they do in Fortnite.
Season 6 of EA and Respawn’s Apex Legends may have a big surprise for Xbox One, PS4, and PC players, as a new map has seemingly leaked online. Per usual, most of the content that comes to the free-to-play battle royale game is revealed ahead of schedule via datamining leaks. The latest of these leaks seems to reveal a brand new map known as “Tropic Island” will soon be coming to the game soon. While some believe this name is too generic, and suspect it to be a temporary placeholder for the real name that is yet revealed, only time will tell if this is indeed the newest map to be joining the game’s previous two maps, King’s Canyon and World’s Edge.