Titanfall spin-off Apex Legends has launched for free across PC, PS4 and Xbox One and you have a bunch of burning questions.
Apex Legends is free-to-play, but it does things differently than a number of battle royale and hero shooters you may be used to. Aesthetic loot boxes are still a thing and you can purchase two Legends with either your own money or with tokens earned in-game.
Let’s break it down:
Does Apex Legends have cross-platform play?
Although released on PC, PS4 and Xbox One, Apex Legends does not support cross-platform play. If you’re playing on one console format, you can only play with others on the same service. This question has likely been prompted by Fortnite, which supports cross-platform play across PC, mobile, Switch, Xbox One and PS4.
Speaking to VG247, Respawn’s design director Mackey McCandlish said cross-platform play across different formats is something the team is interested in, but it’s not going to be a feature of the free-to-play multiplayer shooter around the launch window.
“Cross-play is definitely an opportunity; it’s not something at launch,” confirmed McCandlish. “It’s definitely something we’re aware of and interested in. I can’t speak to whether or not we’ve had specific conversations. Right now it’s just like: ‘Let’s launch the game’.”
Is Apex Legends on mobile, iOS, Android, Switch?
There’s no mention from developer Respawn about Apex Legends on Nintendo Switch, or mobile formats such as Apple iOS or Android. If it intends to compete with battle royale games like PUBG and Fortnite, we might hear an announcement in the future.
Apex Legends download size
Apex Legends download size is around 22GB on PS4 and Xbox One. You’ll need to download the whole game to play multiplayer, but after around 6GB you will have access to the brief training mode and menus.
On PC, it’s surprisingly smaller, at just 12.7GB. Likewise, you’ll also be able to play the game after around 7GB have been downloaded.
Squad size, duos and solo play in Apex Legends
The only squad size for Apex Legends is a three-person team. Although you can drop onto the island solo by breaking from the designated Jumpmaster, the game is designed with three-player squads in mind. There is currently no support for solo play or duos.
“We were looking for social opportunities. That’s manifested in this game’s three-man squads, pinging a smart comms system that helps squads coordinate, and respawn chambers keep squads playing,” design director Mackey McCandlish told VG247. “In the same way that we didn’t consider any of the conventions of battle royale to be sacred, we didn’t consider any one part of the Titanfall universe to be sacred”
Apex Legends battle pass and seasons
Season in Apex Legends will last for three months, with the first season expected to kick off in March. Apex Legends will charge for a battle pass but it is not currently for sale, nor are there any weekly or daily challenges live in-game. Currently, there are coins for sale in Apex Legends, which are used to buy skins and other cosmetics.
Apex Legends source engine
Apex Legends was built using Valve’s source engine, as many of you might have spotted. There are 13 settings you can adjust and you can even unlock the framerate from 144fps if you set vsync to dynamic. If you have a budget gaming PC build, you should be able to hit 60fps no bother, though you might need to turn some of the settings down.