Respawn Says Adding Crossplay To Apex Legends Would Be A Massive Amount Of Work


Thanks to a renewed effort on Respawn’s part, Apex Legends‘ future is looking more promising than ever. The battle royale, which has frequently come under fire for not providing frequent or sizable enough content updates, is on the cusp of welcoming its biggest update since launch in the form of Season 2. As with its predecessor, Battle Charge is scheduled to introduce a brand new playable character, additional customization options and a renewed Battle Pass.

This time, however, the unlocks players will be working towards won’t be predominantly filled with fluff, but meaningful, desirable rewards. Progression is being overhauled too, to include a variety of challenges that award overall seasonal progress. With all of the above combined, it certainly seems as if Respawn has finally found its feet in giving fans what they desire, but there’s still one much-requested feature that looks unlikely to arrive anytime soon.

In a recent interview with Game Informer, Apex project lead Drew McCoy was quizzed over the studio’s current position on crossplay. “It’s awesome. If it wasn’t a ginormous amount of effort and work, we’d probably already be doing something there. It’s just one of those things where we’re still a fairly small team so we have to pick and choose our battles.”

The good news? McCoy and his colleagues would clearly love to enable crossplay for Apex Legends, the bad news is that it isn’t being actively worked on. The problem, it seems, is a simple lack of manpower and resources. Respawn isn’t an indie-sized company by any stretch of the imagination, but compared to its peers (e.g. Epic Games’ Fortnite and Activision’s upcoming Call of Duty: Modern Warfare) that have managed to push for crossplay, the disparity is clear as day.

Regardless, never say never. Crossplay might not be on the cards for Apex Legends for the immediate future, but Respawn certainly isn’t ruling it out indefinitely. Watch this space for more.

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