Apex Legends Switch Version Rated, Pointing to Imminent Release
Apex Legends still hasn’t released on several platforms that it was previously announced for, but that looks to be potentially changing very soon. The Apex Legends Switch version has been officially rated by the ESRB, which points to a possibly imminent game release.
ESRB Rating Appears for Apex Legends Switch Version
We already know that the popular battle royale game is coming to the Nintendo Switch platform soon. This new rating from the Entertainment Software Rating Board, or ESRB, typically rates all major physical releases games in the United States.
It recently appeared on the ESRB website that Apex Legends had been rated once again for the Nintendo Switch version. The game has been rated previously for the PS4 and Xbox One platforms, but this is the first time we have seen something important for the Switch port.
As such, it certainly makes it seem like the Apex Legends Switch version is likely on its way to releasing very soon. This happens when a game is nearing the launch, similar to how Cyberpunk 2077 that releases next month got its rating before its launch.
As for the actual rating that the Apex Legends Switch version got, it is no different from what you would see on the Xbox One and PS4 versions of the game. It is rated T for Teen, noting that it is best for 13 years or older because of the blood and violence.
What the Rating Is
It was noted that the Switch version has users interacting with one another online. The ESRB typically doesn’t rate since that can vary extremely from game to game and community to community. There are in-app game purchases, which is no surprise at all.
As for the rating summary of the Apex Legends Switch version, you can find the full summary below:
“This is a first-person shooter in which players engage in squad-based battle royale-style combat across a large island. Players search for supplies and use machine guns, rifles, and explosives to shoot and kill enemies as the play area constantly shrinks. Frenetic firefights are accompanied by blood-splatter effects, realistic gunfire, and large explosions. Players can also perform various finishing moves on weakened enemies (e.g., stabbing them with a knife; beating opponents down with fists; electrocuting characters). These attacks are often depicted close-up and/or from the victim’s perspective.”
There is nothing special or out of the ordinary with that summary, as this is the same game already on other platforms currently. We know about this because it means that the Nintendo Switch is likely to release in the coming weeks.
This Rating Means the Game Is Likely Coming Soon
We wouldn’t be surprised if this rating means that the Apex Legends Switch version will release within the next month. After all, the initial announcement that the game is coming to Switch noted that it would release sometime in the fall of this year.
We are right in the middle of the fall for this year. We still haven’t heard anything about when the Switch port of the game will come out. EA and Respawn Entertainment were likely handling this launch, much like the game’s original launch in February 2019.
It won’t be surprising if the Apex Legends Switch port comes out randomly out of nowhere one day, just like it did on the other platforms. We could see its release as early as next week without any fanfare or announcements preceding it.
At the same time, though, it is also possible that we won’t see it released until November. However, our actual guess as for when we will see Apex Legends on Switch is that we will see it be released sometime in November. Why this is likely going to be the case is because of two specific reasons.
Apex Legends Is Probably Coming to Switch With Season 7
The first of these is that none of the currently known Apex Legends ports have been released. We know that we are going to get a Steam and potentially mobile versions of the battle royale game, in addition to the Nintendo Switch version.
The problem with this is that none of them have released nor do we know when they will release other than the fall 2020 window for Steam and Switch. As such, it is likely that, at the very least, the Steam and Switch versions will come out together when they finally do.
The other thing is that we are in the middle of Apex’s sixth season, with the seventh one teased with the reveal of the new legend. Since we are a few weeks away from the next season of the game, it makes sense to wait until then.
We expect that EA will release the Steam and Switch versions of Apex Legends to match up with the launch of the seventh season. This would be a great time to welcome in new players as everyone will enjoy the new season, legend, and map changes together.
This rating from the ESRB is likely in preparation for that, telling us that the Nintendo Switch port is probably already done or soon will be, but the team might be waiting to release it when Season 7 launches. For now, we will have to wait and see.