Respawn and EA are bringing Apex Legends to new platforms soon, but one of the planned 2020 launches is taking a bit longer than expected. While Apex will arrive on Steam just in time for the launch of its next season, the promised Switch version is being pushed back to 2021 "in order to do justice to the game" on Nintendo's hybrid and handheld system.
Today, Apex's Game Director Chad Grenier posted a new update to EA's official site for the battle royale in which he explains the logistics of playing through Steam and fills readers in on the Switch version's delay. The Steam stuff is fairly simple: on Nov. 4, the same day Season 7 launches for Apex Legends across PC, PS4, and Xbox One, Apex will also debut on Steam.
Anyone currently playing Apex through EA's Origin service can switch over to the Steam version and keep all their account progression and cosmetics. All players who log in to Apex during Season 7 through Steam will also receive three Valve-related gun charms: a potato'd GLaDOS, Headcrab zombie Octane, and Wattson holding a Weighted Companion Cube.
As for extra time needed on the Switch version, Grenier alludes to the difficulties of game development during 2020 as one factor behind the delay. "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," Grenier says. "This year has brought on unexpected new challenges, to put it mildly, and we don't want to rush anything out." When Apex does arrive on Switch next year, it'll support cross-play (which was just launched in beta earlier this month) and have "full feature parity" with all the other versions.
There are also plans to bring Apex to mobile platforms. Back in June, EA CEO Andrew Wilson said the goal was to soft launch the mobile version by the end of 2020 with a Q1 2021 full release following shortly thereafter, but we've seen and heard little about progress with the mobile version since.
Right now, Apex is in the middle of its Halloween Fight or Fright event which lasts until Nov. 3. The new limited-time Shadow Royale mode brings back the spooky undead Shadow Legends with a new twist: now, they can execute wall runs Titanfall-style.