Apex Legends will be coming to Nintendo Switch on 9th March 2021, Respawn Entertainment have now announced.
Developed in collaboration with Panic Button, the game on Nintendo Switch will come with full cross-platform play, all of the latest seasonal content and full feature parity with other versions of the game. Of course, we’ll have to wait and see what the game’s performance is like and how good it looks, but this remains another impressive achievement.
The March release comes after they made a statement of intent to port the hit battle royale to Switch last summer, before being forced to delay the port’s release to the start of this year. There was plenty of speculation that the Switch version would arrive alongside the start of Season 8 – Mayhem, which kicked off yesterday on 2nd February, but Respawn were completely silent on the matter.
In fact, it feels like that might have been the plan, with Respawn making special accommodation for Switch players joining the fight mid-season. Switch players will immediately be granted 30 free levels through the Season 8 Battle Pass – presumably a boost up to level 30, so people can’t skip into the higher tiers after playing on other platforms – and playing on Switch will earn you double XP for the first two weeks after launch.
Apex Legends Season 8 – Mayhem kicked off last night, introducing the explosives enthusiast Fuse. Hailing from the planet Salvo and with a rather unique backstory involving plenty of freedom fighting, heisting, explosions, and a friendly rivalry turned sour involving a golden grenade which you can see in his story trailer here.
His arrival has come alongside another major shake up to Kings Canyon, the map’s third overhaul since the game’s 2019 launch, opening up a whole new area at the north of the map after an attack on Fuse’s introduction ceremony, adding new facilities to the central river that runs through the map, and rebalancing some areas that led to ‘sweaty’ play.
Apex Legends is out now for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One with the Switch port out on 9th March.