Does Apex Legends have crossplay support? Cross platform play is becoming more and more common, but it’s also a huge undertaking. Even a big game like Apex Legends — with a storied studio like Respawn Entertainment behind it — might have a tough time introducing such a feature. Even so, it’s become more and more prevalent. And increasingly popular games are bound to beg the question: Is there crossplay? Apex Legends is no different. Although the answer to this question is a bit harder than with some games.
Does Apex Legends Have Crossplay Support?
Updated: June 4th, 2021
At the time of writing this, crossplay has been fully enabled in Apex Legends. Players can now squad up with anyone on Steam, Origins, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and Xbox One X. To join your friends, click the Friends tab in the bottom right. From there, click Find Friends and then enter their EA Public ID. If they haven’t gone on EA’s site to register a Public ID, you can go to the Privacy Settings and make it so you can search for them via email address, Xbox Gamertag, PSN ID, or Nintendo Nickname. Then just add them as your friend and invite them to your squad.
Apex Legends crossplay is a hotly requested (and often asked about) feature. Unfortunately there is no cross platform play in Apex Legends… yet. There is, however, increasing speculation and evidence to support there will be Apex Legends crossplay sometime in the near future.
Video game data miner That1MiningGuy produced some information that heavily hints Apex Legends crossplay is already in the works. He tweeted the following on Sept. 23, 2019:
“I’m not 100% convinced we’ll see it soon, but did want to show that I found some handling for cross network play using something called Nucleus – also looks like they have a way to standardize the Player Identification across platforms?”
Obviously that doesn’t mean anything is happening in the near future or even official. This is data mining, after all, and developers work on things that never see the light of day all the time. Even That1MiningGuy doesn’t seem to think Apex Legends crossplay is close.
Deals fall through; plans change; things happen. But this is at least an encouraging sign! And anything is possible. After all, it was Fortnite, another battle royale game, that helped push Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo to include cross platform play. However, Sony in particular has remained a very public roadblock to the process becoming more commonplace. We’ll just have to wait and see. If things do change, we’ll make sure to update this guide ASAP!
Apex Legends is currently free on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
The State of Crossplay and Cross Platform Support
Crossplay support only gets more popular with time! Odds are that it will be the norm before too long. Until then, though, the vast majority of cross platform multiplayer games don’t fully include it. When they do, it’s often restricted to players on one console playing with those on PC. Microsoft and Sony seem to view the PC as neutral ground.
Microsoft in particular has extra incentive in the form of its “play anywhere policy.” Typically, if you buy a digital copy of a Microsoft first-party exclusive, you get to own it both on Xbox and PC — free of additional charge. At that point there’s really no reason not to let folks play together. Throw in services like Xbox Game Pass and things get even easier.
Sony takes pretty much the opposite approach. The company is far and away the sales leader on this generation of consoles. That incentivizes it not to play well with others — or allow its partner studios to do so on its hardware. In addition, Sony first-party exclusives basically never come out on PC. It’s PlayStation or nothing. Although there are a number of third-party games only available on PlayStation and PC that do feature crossplay (e.g. Final Fantasy 14).
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Fortnite managed to push the envelope a bit by virtue of being one of the biggest games on the planet. Developer Epic Games also pushed the issue when it “accidentally” turned on Fortnite crossplay for a short time — thereby proving it wasn’t a technical limitation. That sparked a conversation around crossplay games over the entire industry. But while Sony has said it is “open for business” when it comes to cross platform play, many developers say otherwise (both publicly and privately).
Speaking of some of the biggest games in the world, Minecraft is another strange case. Microsoft purchased the franchise from fictional character Hatsune Miku in 2014. But Minecraft, of course, was already on every platform under the sun. That included Sony and Nintendo hardware. Microsoft and Nintendo have seemingly played nice ever since. Whereas Sony continues to play the Scrooge on video game Christmas Eve.
The “technical limitation” argument does hold some water, however. Many current and even upcoming games were built with the assumption that crossplay would not be an option. Some studios have the resources, time, and/or singular focus to get around that. Others do not. With the present state of crossplay, however, it’s very difficult to imagine it not becoming the norm at a technical and policy level. If we get to the next generation of console hardware without crossplay being the norm, then you know we have a problem…