Apex Legends, Respawn Entertainment’s battle royale game set in the Titanfall universe, was originally set to launch on the Nintendo Switch sometime in 2020. However, the game was delayed from its debut on the console/handheld hybrid last year, apparently due to the team working from home during the coronavirus pandemic.
“…for those who game on the Nintendo Switch, we’re still hard at work on the port, but in order to do justice to the game and make it into the great experience Switch players deserve, our team needs more time,” wrote Game Director Chad Grenier in a blog post last year. “This year has brought on unexpected new challenges, to put it mildly, and we don’t want to rush anything out.”
But it looks like Switch players might not have to wait too much longer, as there’s reason to believe Apex Legends will make its way to Nintendo’s platform in just a few short weeks. As spotted by the Apex Legends wiki on Twitter, the Japanese trailer for Apex Legend’s next playable character named Fuse mentioned the Switch version would be available on February 2, the same date as the launch of the game’s eighth season. The date has since been removed from non-English versions of the video, but the Apex Legends wiki did manage to get a screenshot.
BREAKING: The Japanese version on YouTube states Apex Legends is coming to Switch on February 2.
"And on February 2nd, it will be possible to play on Switch at the same time as the start of Season 8!" pic.twitter.com/63TpUn27Mx
— Apex Legends News (@TitanfallBlog) January 18, 2021
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One of the big questions about the Switch version is how well it will hold up when it supports cross play with other platforms. Several other multiplayer-centric games have supported crossplay between systems with performance imparity such as Fornite and PUBG both allowing console users to play with people on mobile phones, so it’s not as if it’s unheard of, but if Apex Legends doesn’t run as well on Nintendo’s less powerful device, it might not be deemed the viable place to play it competitively. Doesn’t mean it won’t find a more casual audience there. I know several people who prefer to play Overwatch on Switch despite its technical issues, but they’re not the people gunning for the Overwatch League, and the game doesn’t support crossplay. Not yet, at least. Maybe Overwatch 2 will?
Last year, Respawn opened up a new studio based in Vancouver that would focus primarily on Apex Legends while its original California team would be free to work on other projects.
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