Apex Legends on Nintendo Switch: Everything you need to know - Dexerto
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Apex Legends Nintendo Switch release date: features, trailer, gameplay

Published: 17/Feb/2021 23:25 Updated: 12/Mar/2021 15:27

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 Kings Canyon map on Switch
Apex Legends is coming to Nintendo Switch in March 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 was February 2 – but that’s now proven to be inaccurate.

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With the Switch version now released, players can expect the Champion Edition of the game to drop 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 trailer

Dropping on March 2, the Nintendo Switch trailer showcases phenomenal graphics for the console, and the trailer is surely set to excite Apex fans everywhere who want to take the game on the move.

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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.”

Apex Legends rampart gameplay
Respawn Entertainment
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. The game itself is rather a large file size for the Switch port, as Apex comes in at 15.2GB, with the eShop listing a required download of 30GB.

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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
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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.