Apex Legends has been an undeniable success for Respawn Entertainment, so a leap to new-gen consoles seems inevitable. The free-to-play game is currently available on Xbox One, PS4, PC and Nintendo Switch, so we're expecting it to launch on the PS5 and Xbox Series X|S, too.
We've rounded up all the info we've got so far into one handy article, so read on to find out more.
As of Season 11, we've not had a solid release date for Apex Legends' PS5 and Xbox Series X|S updates. EA and Respawn previously stated they're targeting a 2021 release and thanks to a recent datamine, news might be coming soon.
As spotted by Shrugtal, entries were spotted for XB5 - Xbox Series' internal codename - and the PS5 gamepad in the 11.0 update. While that doesn't confirm a release date, it does show preparations are being made, so we're hopeful for news soon.
Currently, PS5 and Xbox Series X|S owners gain a few advantages through backwards compatibility, including a boosted resolution up to 1440p, better performance and faster loading times.
New Features and 120 FPS
There is the possibility of competitive advantage from the new hardware, thanks to 120 FPS capabilities. Though such a feature is unconfirmed, a Reddit AMA with Steven Ferreira, Respawn's team director, advised:
120 FPS is one of our goals and as we continue to look at [next-gen] features and balance between what we think is best for the overall player experience for [next-gen], we’re keeping this in mind. Can’t promise anything but with the core mechanics ‘feel’ of Apex being such an important piece of the player experience this one is high on the priority list.
Crossplay and Cross-Progression
Crossplay has already been implemented into Apex Legends, so we'd imagine it'll be present in next-gen editions. However, Cross-Progression is a different matter, though Respawn are making progress.
Speaking in a Reddit AMA last August, Apex Legends' director of communications, Ryan K. Rigney, stated that it's coming next year. In full, he told fans:
Cross progression is gnarly as hell in terms of being a problem to solve. It's not only that you have to solve the technical challenge of merging existing accounts, but there are also legal and contractual issues to navigate with purchasing on other platforms. Different regions have different laws. It's a mess. But we're working on it, and we're committed to delivering it.
We'll keep you informed when we learn more.