What time Apex Legends releases on Switch

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The hit Battle Royale game from Respawn Entertainment, Apex Legends arrives on Nintendo Switch today, after months of delays. We've got all the information you need about when you'll actually be able to play it.

Release Time Possibility

Update: It now seems like evening PT, and possibly even tomorrow for Asian and European players, is when you'll be able to play Apex Legends on Switch. The finalised time is still yet to be confirmed.


The official Apex Legends Twitter posted some information on when you might expect the drop of the port.

Rather than being at exactly the same time as the Chaos Theory Event, they said:

"Nintendo Switch players can jump into the Chaos Theory Collection Event the evening of March 9th, when Apex Legends officially launches on the platform."

It could still be around 1pm ET/6pm GMT, but don't be surprised if it's a little later in the day in your region.

Release Date

After months of delays, Apex Legends will finally be released on Nintendo Switch on Tuesday, March 9th.

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What Time Does Apex Legends Switch Release?

Digital only Nintendo Switch games, like Apex Legends, tend to release at 9am PT, which is 12pm EST/5pm GMT.

However, this time hasn't yet been confirmed by EA or Respawn Entertainment.

Download Size

Apex Legends will take up a lot more room than expected on the Switch. Unless it's the only game you own, you're going to need an SD card.

The game will require a download of at least 30GB, according to the listing for Apex Legends.


However, it is also states the game file size is 25GB, so we're unsure which one is accurate, but either way it is a large download size for the Nintendo Switch.

READ MORE: Is Apex Legends cross-progression on Nintendo Switch?


Ahead of the official launch next week, Respawn Entertainment has released a trailer showing off Nintendo Switch gameplay.

Check it out below.

Frame Rate

While most competitive players are used to playing on anything from 60-360fps, the Nintendo Switch version of Apex Legends will likely see the game reduced to just 30fps.

Other competitive games, such as Fortnite and Warface, only run at 30fps on the Nintendo Switch, meaning that Apex Legends will likely get the same treatment.

With so many fast paced and competitive games now on the Nintendo Switch, it does show that we need the rumoured Switch Pro more than ever, especially with the hardware gap growing even larger with the additions of the recently released PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S.


To help Switch players catch up on the Season 8 Battle Pass, they will be granted 30 free levels and will earn double XP for the first two weeks after launch.

For a limited time, Switch players can also get an all-new Legendary Pathfinder skin - P.A.T.H. - .


Looking to make an instant impact? Unlock all Legends through Season 7, get over $100 worth of exclusive cosmetics, and 1,000 Apex Coins with the Champion Edition.