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Respawn share plans for Apex Legends balancing, meta and future updates

Published: 9/Feb/2019 13:40

by Calum Patterson

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Respawn Entertainment have given their first official developer update on their immensely popular battle royale Apex Legends, sharing with fans their plans for fixes, technical issues and more.

First, community manager Jay Frechette thanked the fans for their interest in the game, which has been so popular that it cracked the 10 million player mark, with 1 million concurrent, in only 72 hours of launch.

“Well this was one hell of a week. 10 Million players and 1 million concurrent. I don’t even know what to say about it anymore other than; thank you.”

Respawn / EAAfter only 3 days, Apex Legends hit 10 million players.

Bug fixes and technical specs

The game’s launch was smooth overall, but wasn’t entirely without issue, as some platforms experienced brief server errors, although they were quickly resolved within only an hour or so of becoming widespread.

They also reassured players that have been receiving a warning that their cloud saves cannot sync is not anything to worry about, explaining: “Don’t panic. Your progression is safe.”

There is bad news for PC players running on older AMD Phenom processors, which Frechette says “can’t run” Apex at all. Players using below the minimum spec will now receive a warning that their CPU does not have SSE 3. 

The sometimes annoying ‘Party Leader has quit’ message will be gone soon too, Respawn are working on a fix.

Some balancing may be coming to the Legends soon.

Balancing and Meta

As for the gameplay itself, Frechette explains that the team have been “pouring over tons of data” and will have more information to share next week, and have been keeping an ear to all the feedback coming in.

“We have lots of great stuff to chew on, many things to fix and improve, and good debates have already begun among the dev team. Our main focus right now is stability and quality of life but in the near future we’ll be talking more about the potential updates to the meta.”

With the hero system in Apex Legends, balance changes to the abilities and ultimates are delicate, and can seriously change the way the game is played – at least if games like Overwatch are anything to go by.

Respawn is clearly being tentative here and giving few specific details, which means they likely haven’t made up their mind entirely on what “meta” changes need attention first.

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

Published: 18/Jan/2021 18:35 Updated: 18/Jan/2021 18:45

by Calum Patterson

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Respawn Entertainment has confirmed that Apex Legends on Nintendo Switch is being released in 2021, to complete 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 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. The good news is we probably won’t have to wait much longer.

Apex Legends Kings Canyon map on SwitchApex 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.

Season 8 of Apex Legends will be starting on February 2, 2021, and thanks to the information briefly posted on non-English versions of the new Stories from the Outlands trailer, we know that will also be the date when the game is coming out on Nintendo Switch.

“And on February 2nd, it will be possible to play on Switch at the same time as the start of Season 8!” is what the text at the bottom of practically every non-English version of the video reads. It seems to have been mistakenly included for everyone but us, as the info was removed shortly after being discovered but hey, at least now we have a set date.

It’s unclear if the release date is still February 2, or if plans have changed since Respawn has apparently scrubbed the info from YouTube and not made any official announcement.

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
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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.

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 (if you’re curious, just ask an Overwatch Switch player about how that game performs).

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.

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.