Apex Legends Crossplay Potentially Leaked via Datamine for PS4, Xbox One, and PC
Apex Legends has a lot of unique features going for it from the groundbreaking tag system to its strong character abilities and more. However, one of the most important features that Apex Legends doesn’t currently have is crossplay functionality.
Apex Legends Crossplay Potentially Leaks
If a recent Apex Legends crossplay leak is to be believed, you should soon be able to play alongside all of your friends (and foes) no matter what platform you are playing on. This is due to the most recent data mine from well-known leakers out there who have uncovered this surprising information.
Renowned leaker in the popular battle royale game’s community That1MiningGuy posted a tweet that revealed screenshots of the game’s source code and gave details about how it might be pointing towards the long-awaited release of Apex Legends crossplay functionality.
I'm not 100% convinced we'll see it soon, but did want to show that I found some handling for cross network play using something called Nucleus – also looks like they have a way to standardize the Player Identification across platforms? pic.twitter.com/MpIWgjkvFS— That1MiningGuy (@That1MiningGuy) September 23, 2019
Players have been clamoring for this to come to the battle royale game since it released at the beginning of this year in February. And the post from That1MiningGuy certainly lends some credence to it happening very soon. It all starts with the two screenshots that he shared on Twitter.
How Nucleus Points Towards Crossplay Functionality
In the screenshots, there are some interesting details revealed by the source code of the game that he recently discovered in the files. The data files reference some sort of program or feature in the game called “Nucleus.” It is currently unknown what Nucleus is but it could have to do with the Apex Legends crossplay.
That’s because Nucleus is referenced at the same time in the game’s code as lines of code that reference localizing some details about the player. It includes the Origin ID that PC players will know well since the game is currently available exclusively on PC through publisher EA’s own service Origin.
But what is interesting about this is that it also references localizing the Origin SDK software regarding Xbox and then PS4 networks in the following lines. This is rather interesting enough on its own but it doesn’t truly confirm that crossplay is coming to the game.
This is simply because it could be referencing the fact that you could connect your PS4 or Xbox One usernames to the Origin service on PC, or something else similar to that. However, it is the second screenshot that the leaker showed off that makes it much more clear what Nucleus is likely for.
The other screenshot continues showing off more of the source code and reveals that Nucleus is related to get the “PINNucleusID” or platform ID. There are other similar names given like sessions, titles, personas, and so on that relate to this ID that is in the game files.
The fact that the source code has the Nucleus feature dealing with the specific platform ID that could be Origin, PS4, or Xbox One, this certainly makes it seem as if Nucleus is built for handling those three platforms interacting with one another in some way.
This certainly makes it sound like Apex Legends crossplay and that Nucleus is perhaps the name of the program that makes it happen. That1MiningGuy isn’t completely “convinced we’ll see it soon” but the data files mentioning it does mean that, at the very least, developer Respawn Entertainment is potentially considering crossplay.
Why Apex Legends Crossplay Isn’t Guaranteed
Regardless, there is hope that Apex Legends crossplay could be a thing in the future. Of course, we do need to consider all points of possibilities regarding crossplay. Just because the source code mentions a way of standardizing or localizing the various platforms’ ID across systems doesn’t mean it will happen.
After all, there are plenty of new characters that show up in the game files due to leaks and we may never see them in the future if they are canceled for one reason or another. This could be the same case with crossplay as Respawn might just be testing it out and ensuring that the game is capable of it.
There might not be any actual plans for it to happen, or if there are plans, it might not actually come about for a good while. On the other hand, though, there is hope that this means that the game is already in the process of being able to handle crossplay across all three platforms.
When We Could See Apex Legends Crossplay Release
If this is true, then we might be able to see it release for all three platforms in the near future and this code is just the groundwork for a later update that will actually activate it online. In fact, there is a time coming up soon that would be perfect for this and that would be next month.
We already know that season three and a new character are coming in just a few short weeks in early October. What better way to usher in the new character and awesome spooky events than to allow for all three platforms to finally be able to play together?
Prepare yourselves for Apex Legends Season 3: Meltdown! Dropping October 1, Meltdown brings a new contender to the arena, Crypto, an all-new Battle Pass, Ranked Series 2 and more. Get the first details and prepare for more reveals before Meltdown begins! https://t.co/bZl59HS6d3 pic.twitter.com/k2tjZmIp17— Apex Legends (@PlayApex) September 19, 2019
After all, there are already so many other major online shooter games that allow for players to join together and play no matter what platform they are on. These games include Fortnite, Gears of War 5, Paladins, and others that offer it. Beyond that, there are even more games coming on the horizon with the feature.
We know that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Destiny 2 are set to get crossplay in the future so there really is no reason why there shouldn’t be any Apex Legends crossplay. If EA wants to compete with those major shooters, this is one way to do it.
Allowing players from PS4, Xbox One, and PC to play together online would be welcome and could see a significant boost in the player base due to it. We will have to wait and see, though, as EA has yet to confirm, deny, or make any formal announcements regarding the feature. Stay tuned here for any future updates regarding it.