Nintendo Switch owners are keen to enjoy the latest hit in the battle royale genre, Apex Legends, on their portable consoles, but how long will they have to wait for it, if it comes at all?
The new battle royale game, which was released on February 4 for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4, quickly became one of the most popular games being played right now, seeming to follow a very similar path to Fortnite.
It’s a free-to-play game, and the developer is working on making Apex Legends a cross-platform title in the near future. If that’s the case, though, Nintendo fans will be wondering when they’ll be able to get their hands on it.
Will Apex Legends come to the Nintendo Switch?
Sadly, all we have right now is speculation. The game is very much in its early stages, that much is clear, so nothing has been confirmed in terms of penning a deal with Nintendo to feature on its Switch console.
In a Wired interview on April 8, Project lead at Respawn Entertainment, Drew McCoy, answered some of the community’s burning question, which of course, included the potential for Nintendo Switch.
On the topic, McCoy said: “If [Apex Legends on] Switch was coming, we would tell you, and we would blast it across the world. We are hearing all the Switch players who say they want the game.
“I can’t make any promises right now. We have a lot of things we are working on, so stay tuned for the future. But, currently we don’t have anything to announce.”
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Respawn has made their intentions clear about giving everybody a chance to play Apex Legends as a spokesperson told EuroGamer that they plan to “allow players to play with their friends on other platforms.”
When specifically asked about bringing the game to mobile and Switch, Respawn Lead Producer said there’s “nothing [they] can currently talk about.”
Looking at how things played out with Fortnite, Apex Legends’ biggest competitor, is the only real measuring stick for the situation right now. Epic Games released their game in July of 2017 and it took until September 2018 to make cross-play available on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 – after Sony dragged their heels.
More relative to the Switch situation, it took until June 2018 for Epic and Nintendo to agree on a deal which saw the game come to their latest console – almost a year after the game’s launch.
By making such a big statement right from the outset about cross-play and wanting to let as many people as possible play it, you would imagine it’s not going to be as much of a long drawn-out process for Respawn.
However, nothing has been confirmed at this stage as the developer continues to work on the game’s initial launch.
Perhaps talk of Apex Legends jumping onto a new platform so soon might be looked at as wishful thinking, but it could be argued that the game has been revealed so boldly that fans have been dared to dream.
Last updated April 9.