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When is Apex Legends coming to Nintendo Switch? Release date, features, gameplay

Published: 17/Feb/2021 23:25 Updated: 17/Feb/2021 23:28

by Calum Patterson

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Respawn Entertainment has now confirmed that Apex Legends on Nintendo Switch will be released in 2021, completing the full feature set of the game on other platforms.

Respawn’s battle royale has been available on PS4, Xbox One, and PC since February 4, 2019. In November 2020, it was launched on Steam, and the Switch version was originally slated to arrive here, also.

You can also play Apex Legends on PS5 and Xbox Series S and X, through backward compatibility. The developers have confirmed that Apex will be getting a next-gen update in 2021, which could include FPS improvements.

Cross-platfrom play was also added in late 2020 alongside the Steam Launch. Now, all players are waiting for is the long-anticipated release on Nintendo Switch. The good news is we probably won’t have to wait much longer.

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Apex Legends is coming to Nintendo Switch in February 2021.

When is Apex Legends Nintendo Switch release?

Initially due for 2020, the Nintendo Switch version of Apex Legends was pushed back in November to an unspecified date in 2021. Non-English versions of the Stories from the Outlands trailer suggested that it would be released on the same day as Season 8, which is February 2 – but that’s now proven to be innacurate.

Shortly after the launch of S8, Game Director Chad Grenier finally confirmed that the Switch release is actually coming on March 9, 2021, with the Champion Edition of the game dropping on March 18.

Once the game is live on the console, users will receive 30 free levels on the S8 Battle Pass to help them catch up, since they’ll be over a month behind their counterparts on PC, PlayStation, and Xbox.

It’s also worth noting that the developer of Apex Legends’ Switch version is Panic Button, who also did the same for Rocket League when bringing it to Nintendo’s console.

Apex Legends Switch file size

A rather large file size for the Switch port, Apex comes in at 15.2GB, with the eShop lists a required download of 30GB.

Is Apex Legends cross-platform on Nintendo Switch?

Yes – Nintendo Switch players will be able to play cross-platform with console and PC players on Apex Legends.

Apex Legends Nintendo Switch gameplay

Switch versions of games are often trimmed down ports of the game on consoles and PC. But, Respawn has confirmed that Apex on Switch will have “full feature parity with the other versions of the game.”

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Apex Legends gameplay on Nintendo Switch will support all the features from other versions.

That means all Legends, weapons, attachments, maps, abilities, equipment, store items, ranked mode and more will be present on the Nintendo Switch.

During the March 9 Nintendo Direct, the company unveiled the first gameplay footage of Apex Legends on Switch.

It sounds like Respawn is working to make the Switch version as close to the other versions as possible though, so Apex fans can have the best experience possible.

Apex Legends Nintendo Switch Price

Apex Legends is a free-to-play game, so don’t expect that to change on the Switch version.

However, this does get a bit muddied when you consider there is no cross-progression in Apex Legends currently. Although Respawn is working on it, we can only assume that you’ll have to start a new profile to play on Switch.

That means all the Legends and cosmetic items you have on other platforms unfortunately won’t carry over. If you want to unlock the post-launch Legends, your best option will be to purchase the Apex Legends Champion Edition, which is coming to the Switch on March 18.

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Apex Legends Champion Edition unlocks all DLC Legends up to Season 7.

This bundle unlocks all post-launch characters up to Season 7, including Horizon. It costs $39.99, but also includes some exclusive skins and 1,000 Apex coins to get you started.

Alternatively, you can simply unlock individual Legends with Legend tokens or Apex coins. If you only plan to buy one or two of the DLC characters, this might be the better choice. But, if you want to unlock multiple Legends, the Champion Edition will be a better value and require much less work.

It’s possible that alongside the Switch release, EA will launch some Switch-exclusive offers and deals, to help players get their roster of Legends filled out early — sadly a Mario/Octane skin doesn’t seem to be in the cards, just yet.

But, if cross-progression ever launches, you may feel you have wasted your money by buying items twice. So, what about cross-progression?

Apex Legends Cross progression on Switch

As mentioned above, Apex Legends does not currently support cross-progression or account transfer/merging across different platforms.

Respawn has stated that it is something they want to do, but that it is difficult to implement. So for now, we can only assume that you will need to start a new account to play on Nintendo Switch.

Although cross-progression is in huge demand among players, Apex Legends was never made with it in mind, and so it poses a challenge for the developers to implement, without rewriting the game’s code from the ground up.


That’s everything we know so far about the Switch version of Apex Legends. We will keep this post updated with more details as they come out.

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Is there cross progression in Apex Legends with PS4, Xbox One, Switch & PC?

Published: 6/Feb/2021 13:02 Updated: 6/Feb/2021 13:12

by Alan Bernal

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Respawn Entertainment have brought Apex Legends to virtually every platform under the sun, making many wonder if the developers would also add cross-progression to the game. It’s not currently available, but that may change.

Since the battle royale is now gracing everything from Steam to the Nintendo Switch, cross-progression saves are becoming more desirable for players with multiple platforms.

Cross progression lets players connect their accounts across platforms. This gives people the ability to seamlessly access their unlocked content from one device to the next, and means you don’t have to start a new account for each.

The feature has been somewhat applied to Apex Legends, giving community members a taste of how convenient it could actually be in its application.

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Apex Legends players have been asking for cross progression well before it migrated to Steam and Switch.

Does Apex Legends have cross-progression?

At the moment, Respawn haven’t found a way to introduce cross-progression into their battle royale. However, players on PC do – sort of. If you originally played Apex on Origin, you can link your account to Steam and carry your progress over.

But, the same cannot be said for the PlayStation 4/5 and the Xbox lineup of consoles, nor Nintendo Switch. There is no way to transfer your account between these platforms.

Respawn said that it was “easier (to implement cross-progression) with Steam because it’s at launch,” unlike merging saves between Xbox and PlayStation accounts seeing as “users may have multiple accounts to merge or use,” according to Respawn Game Director Chad Grenier.

This is a glaring omission for one of the most popular battle royales on the market. And it isn’t lost on the developers, either.

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Cross progression is somewhat available in Apex Legends for Steam and Origin.

When will cross-progression come to Apex Legends?

Respawn have touched the topic on a number of occasions, and it’s becoming more and more promising that, one day, Apex Legends will have cross-progression to make the switch between platforms easier for players.

Following the announcement of Apex launching on Nintendo Switch on March 9, Apex Legends game director Chad Grenier gave an update on the possibility of cross-progression.

“I wouldn’t ever say [cross-progression] is not possible, but it’s certainly more challenging to add cross-progression to a game that’s been out for 2 years. A lot of people have accounts on various platforms and trying to figure out the best way to pick or merge the account data is a challenge with many pros and cons. We’re certainly looking into cross-progression and it’s something that I think would be great for the game, but it’s still a ways off most likely.”

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Back in late November, Respawn Design Director Jason ‘Monsterclip’ McCord responded to a request for it: “We hear you, and know that people want it. I want it too. We can’t talk about anything that hasn’t been announced though, sorry.”

You can be sure that the Apex Legends developers are going to look at the best way to broadly implement cross-progression across all major platforms, but only time will tell when it’ll actually come.