A next-gen version of Apex Legends may be just around the corner, with reports suggesting that a native PS5 version of the game has been found on PSN.
A recent tweet from the PlayStation Game Size Twitter account (below), which reports findings from across the PSN database for new game additions and file sizes, suggests that a PS5 version of the game is now in the backend of the service, weighing in at an initial 80GB. The current forwards-compatible PS4 version of the game is around 55GB for a first-time download.
🚨 Apex Legends (PS5)
▶️ Download Size : +80 GB (Without Update)
— PlayStation Game Size (@PlaystationSize) January 14, 2022
A next-gen release for Apex Legends is known to have been in the works for some time now with Respawn having spoken openly about the idea in multiple Reddit AMAs last year. In February, the developer noted that it was targeting 120 FPS for the update but explained that it was continuing to look at a range of features in order to the right balance for the game.
The developer then further spoke about the update during a separate AMA in August. When asked whether or not there was an ETA on the upcoming version of the game, the developer stated "I WISH I had an update to share but we can't say anything definitive at the moment. […] Trust us tho, it's in the works and we're excited about it too."
Analyst MauroNL agreed that a next-gen update would arrive soon, and suggested that the PS5 version will feature 120FPS, booster resolution and higher graphic fidelity – and that there will be an equivalent Xbox Series version:
Apex Legends native PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S versions should be out real soon.
Includes boosted resolution, higher graphic fidelity and a 120fps mode. pic.twitter.com/I2aEAZJHp2
— MauroNL (@MauroNL3) January 14, 2022
Respawn itself has yet to mention anything about an imminent update. However, with the game's Season 12 due to start on February 8, it may be that the developer is waiting to tie new versions into a wider set of updates.
For more on Apex Legends check out this article detailing how the game's director, Chad Grenier, announced his departure from the company last month.
Jared Moore is a freelance writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter.