Apex Legends arrives on the Nintendo Switch today. However, the battle royale’s performance will suffer due to the hardware’s limitations. As reported by Eurogamer, Panic Button (charged with bringing the game onto Switch) spoke to Famitsu about the port.
Andy Boggs confirmed the game will support resolutions of 720p when docked, and 576p whilst in handheld. Also, the frame rate will be 30 in both of these modes. In contrast to the solid 60 FPS and HD visuals of other consoles, not to mention the PC’s limit of 144 FPS, the Switch’s version of Apex pales in comparison.
There was a more positive tidbit of information that came from the interview, however. Cross-play, which enables players to matchmake across all supported platforms, will be an entirely optional feature. This means that players weary of going up against opponents using high-end equipment will have the choice to only play with those on the same hardware.
Respawn’s popular battle royale was announced for Nintendo’s platform at EA Play 2020. Although having an original release window of the same year, it fell into 2021 due to the pandemic.