Paladins Arriving to Nintendo Switch, Early Access Starts June

Hi-Rez Studios has announced that they’re going to be bringing their hero-based multiplayer shooter, Paladins, to the Nintendo Switch. The port will run at 60 FPS, with a cross-play option with Xbox players. You can already pre-order the Founder Pack to earn a bunch of bonus items and start playing on June 12th, or wait a while and play for free.

Paladins Arriving to Nintendo Switch, Early Access Starts June
Paladins Arriving to Nintendo Switch, Early Access Starts June

You know what’s missing on the Nintendo Switch? That’s right, a hero-based online multiplayer first-person shooter! No, Overwatch is not coming to the Switch. However, it is the next-best thing. Or the even better thing, depending on who you ask. Yes, the other online multiplayer hero-based FPS, Paladins, is coming to Nintendo’s newest baby. Pre-orders for the Founder Pack are already up and running, if you want to start playing before everyone else and throw in a little money to support Paladins.

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According to the announcement on the Paladins website, the game will run at a smooth 60 FPS on the Switch, “thanks to a custom in-house port of Unreal Engine 3, offering the full Paladins experience in both handheld and docked modes.” Also, you’ll have the option of cross-play with Xbox One users. The post reads:”Our community has asked for crossplay compatibility for a long time, so we’re thrilled to offer this brand-new feature that will enhance the Paladins experience for both players bases.”

Now, as we’ve mentioned, you can already pre-order the Paladins Founder Pack for $30. This will earn you early access starting June 12th, as well as “all 36 Champions currently in Paladins, all future Champions, and a number of Founder Exclusive cosmetic items.” Those of you that are familiar with Paladins might be confused here, because one of the game’s main draw is that it’s free-to-play. Don’t worry, the FTP version is still coming top the Switch. The post doesn’t exactly say when; the only designation we have is “later this summer.” So, either way you decide to play, you won’t have to wait too long.

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