'Fortnite' will be available on Switch, Nintendo confirms

by Linda Olson June 13, 2018, 1:42
'Fortnite' will be available on Switch, Nintendo confirms

In a nutshell, this means that Fortnite players on other platforms like mobile or Mac will be able to play with others on PC or Xbox One, but PlayStation 4 players will not encounter Nintendo Switch players and vice versa.

Cross-platform battle royale phenomenon Fortnite's appearance on the Nintendo Switch has been long anticipated and, by now, rumored and leaked plenty, but Switch owners have been left with questions about their console's version, including its release date. The game features the exact same content as PS4, Xbox One, PC and iOS.

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Also of note to Switch users: Fortnite may have better online communication than other Switch games, which require you to chat on your phone through an app while playing. In Fortnite's case, trying to link the Epic Games account you have on the PS4 with the Nintendo Switch version results in an error saying this is not allowed. They have nothing to gain by supporting Fortnite cross-play, whereas Xbox and Nintendo have everything to gain from it. "With Switch, you can squad up with your friends in the same room or around the world, and even play on the go".

The Nintendo Switch Fortnite listing says the game will be an over 2GB download. Nintendo revealed Fortnite can be downloaded via the Nintendo eShop during its E3 presentation earlier on Tuesday, during which details on Super Smash Bros. In April, it became the biggest free-to-play console game, a number that's only going to increase with today's addition of the Switch to the ranks.

Despite being free, there are 100 tiers of weapons, outfits and gear that can be purchased using the in-game currency called V-Bucks.

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