Apex Legends

Apex Legends update 1.56 fixes crashes and skin bugs: January 14 patch notes

Published: 14/Jan/2021 18:49 Updated: 17/Jan/2021 15:24

by Alan Bernal


Respawn Entertainment have pushed a new update, patch 1.56, for Apex Legends on January 14 to address the mass freezes in the game since the Fight Night update, along with fixes for crashes associated with clicking on Steam’s friends list, errors with “Haute Drop” and “Gold Standard” skins and more.

At the turn of the year, the mid-season event update gave players loads of new content and cosmetics to sift through, ushering in the third year of Apex. However, concerns started to mount as people reported instances of the game stalling or just flat-out crashing.

Admittedly, the problem was tricky for the studio “to pin down consistently, but we are hopeful that we have addressed most of the cases where it happens,” as explained by Respawn.

The Apex team apologized that the fix took them a bit to manage, but their new patch will hopefully remedy most of the issues that we’ve seen so far in 2021.

“Apologies it took this long, the dev team was really thrown for a loop with this one. We’re going to keep monitoring to make sure we nipped it in the bud,” Senior Social Media Manager Alex ‘frostwolf’ Ackerman said.

The Fight Night update came out on January 5 and there wasn’t that long of a turnaround for the devs to come up with a fix a little over a week later.

Still, players affected by the problems must have been counting down the days since the persistence of most freezes could curtail gameplay for hours on end.

Luckily, these won’t be issues that people will have to contend with for long if the new update pulls through, but Respawn will keep an eye on it in case there are still loose ends to clear up.

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Respawn Entertainment
The devs are hoping the new update means that all of the Fight Night issues will be fixed.

With Season 8 on the horizon, any more problems that should arise will have a chance to be fixed in that update or, if it’s pressing enough like the crashes, will come well before the new chapter of Apex.

The full list of changes from the January 14 patch notes can be seen below:

  • We’ve pushed out a patch that improves stability and (hopefully) fixes the freezing issues. This issue in particular has been tricky for us to pin down consistently, but we are hopeful that we have addressed most of the cases where it happens.

Additionally, the patch also provides a fix for the following:

  • Issues with event skins “Haute Drop” and “Gold Standard”
  • Errors with clicking on Steam friends list
  • Text chat issues with Steam
  • Several Clubs-related issues
Apex Legends

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

Published: 17/Jan/2021 13:55 Updated: 17/Jan/2021 14:02

by Calum Patterson


Respawn Entertainment has confirmed that Apex Legends on Nintendo Switch is being released in 2021, complete the full feature set of the game on other platforms. Here’s everything we know about Apex Legends Switch version so far.

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 too, when the Switch version was initially meant to release.

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.

Apex Legends Kings Canyon map on SwitchApex Legends is coming to Nintendo Switch in 2021.

When is Apex Legends Nintendo Switch release?

Initially due for 2020, the Nintendo Switch version of Apex Legends was pushed back to 2021 in November. Season 8 of Apex Legends will start on or around February 2, 2021. If Respawn choose to release the Switch version along with the new season, this would be the likely release date.

In November 2020, Apex Legends game director Chad Grenier confirmed, “Switch owners can expect to get their hands on Apex Legends next year.”

The delay was necessary for the game to be up to standard on the portable device: “In order to do justice to the game and make it into the great experience Switch players deserve, our team needs more time.”

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 have confirmed that Apex on Switch will have “full feature parity with the other versions of the game.”

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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.

Of course, given its portable nature, the graphical and processing power of the Nintendo Switch is significantly less than consoles, and even more so PCs. So, don’t expect the same graphical fidelity, resolution or frame rates that you get on a high-end PC.

It sounds like Respawn are 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 are 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 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.

Apex Legends Champion edition
Respawn Entertainment
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 exclusive skins and 1,000 Apex coins.

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.

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. 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.