Nintendo Announces Fortnite on Switch, Releases Today

Nintendo Announces Fortnite on Switch, Releases Today

Fortnite is the biggest game in the world right now, having released on pretty much every platform available except the Nintendo Switch. Well, Nintendo’s portable console is not longer left out of the Fortnite party, with an announcement during their E3 2018 show unveiling a release later today.

This surprise release isn’t actually that much of a surprise, given that a datamine of the Nintendo Switch eShop leaked the game’s release yesterday. However, it’s nice to get the Switch version of Fortnite finally confirmed, giving many new players a way to experience the Battle Royale game, and many more experienced players a way to experience it on-the-go.

The Fortnite announcement, made during Nintendo’s E3 2018 show, came in the form of a trailer, which showed off the Switch version’s full multiplayer capability available to players just about anywhere with an internet connection. The trailer can be viewed below:

Unfortunately, despite a developer from Fortnite saying that complete crossplay is inevitable for the title, it seems that Sony’s stance against console crossplay extends to the Nintendo Switch, with players on the two platforms unable to play together. However, The Switch version of the game will allow crossplay with Xbox One, PC, and Mobile, so the pool of available players will be plenty large enough.

Fortnite‘s move to Switch makes complete sense. On Nintendo’s part, they have yet to secure any proper Battle Royale games on their platform to capitalise on the current trend, so having the biggest one in the world available for free is bound to attract some new players to their console. On Epic Games’ part, it has already proven that a port to Mobile can be done successfully, so it makes sense to offer players a higher-tech method of playing a portable version of Fortnite.

It will be interesting to see how Nintendo and Epic Games will collaborate on Fortnite for the Switch moving forward. As it stands, Sony have managed to secure plenty of exclusive skins and items for PS4 players, so it’s possible Nintendo may attempt to go a similar route as an incentive for Fortnite fans to move over to the Switch.

Fortnite is available to play from 10AM PT today on Nintendo Switch.

game rant e3 2018 banner

 


Anno 1800

Anno 1800

16 April 2019
Unavowed

Unavowed

08 August 2018
Two Point Hospital

Two Point Hospital

30 August 2018
Sea of Thieves

Sea of Thieves

20 March 2018
State of Decay 2

State of Decay 2

18 May 2018
Crackdown 3

Crackdown 3

15 February 2019