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‘Apex Legends’ update: Respawn confirms next-gen upgrades on PS5 and Xbox Series X/S are still in development
“Apex Legends” developer Respawn Entertainment has some promises to fulfill, including a next-gen update for PS5 and Xbox Series X/S players. The good news is the studio confirmed it is still in the pipeline, but the slightly bad news is Respawn does not have any concrete update to give at this time.
The online battle royale game based on the “Titanfall” universe is one of the most popular titles in the genre. However, Respawn, and EA have yet to implement some much-needed updates, especially with the availability of new-gen consoles. It is then not surprising that the “Apex Legends” next-gen upgrade is one of the things brought up during a recent Reddit AMA.
However, Respawn Entertainment director of communications Ryan Rigney told fans that the studio is not yet ready to provide specific updates on the next-gen upgrade for “Apex Legends.” Rigney wrote, “Oh man, I WISH I had an update to share but we can’t say anything definitive at the moment—so can’t spoil anything here.” But Rigney asked fans to trust Respawn that the next-gen update is still in development and said the developers are excited about its launch, too.
Unfortunately, Respawn did not provide a release window for the “Apex Legends” next-gen upgrade during the Reddit AMA. But this project has been in the works for a while now. The update is expected to take advantage of the technical capabilities of the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S consoles, which commonly translates to higher resolution and frame rate boost.
In an AMA session last February following the launch of the game’s eighth season, Respawn Vancouver team director Steven Ferreira confirmed that they are aiming for 120 FPS. However, Ferreira added, “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.”
Cross-progression has also been one of the features Respawn promised to add to “Apex Legends.” It will allow players to access their accounts and carry over their progress across different platforms, but fans also need to be patient about this. Like the next-gen update, the cross-progression is still in development. On the bright side, though, Rigney confirmed that the feature will be released sometime in 2022.