Respawn Entertainment’s next Apex Legends update will bring in several major changes including allowing players across all platforms to play together. Launching on October 6, the update will include cross-play across systems, a new limited-time mode, and the Aftermarket collection event.
Cross-play will launch in beta and will work on all currently supported platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Origin (plus Steam once Apex Legends becomes available). The option is enabled by default, and players can add friends to their party by searching for their username. Unfortunately, there is no cross-progression between platforms at this time, although Respawn promises an update on that feature once Apex Legends releases on Steam later this year.
The addition of cross-play also brings some changes to how matchmaking works in the shooter. The game will primarily separate PC and console players, as those playing with a keyboard and mouse have an advantage over those using a controller. However, when a cross-play party includes console and PC players, it will match everyone into a PC match. Those who wish to disable cross-play will only be put into matches with their current platform. Respawn suggests that fans don’t disable the feature as it may make queue times “very, very long.”