During its E3 Direct, Nintendo confirmed rumors that the globally popular battle royale game Fortnite is out on Nintendo Switch now (like, right now) in the Nintendo eShop.
Available for free, the Switch version of Fortnite contains the same full battle royale experience as its PC and other console kin, including the weekly content updates and Battle Pass progression system. In the trailer, players were shown playing the game with all manner of control schemes: docked and undocked, using the Joy-Cons, or with a Switch Pro controller. Also, you seem to be able to use voice chat by connecting a headset to the Switch’s 3.5 mm jack – whether this feature requires Nintendo’s subscription online service was not covered.
Epic Games representative Nick Chester confirmed on Twitter the platforms which support crossplay with the Switch. Notably absent: PS4.
Xbox One, PC, Mac, and mobile.
— Snake Chester (@nickchester) June 12, 2018
Sony will apparently not allow players to link their Epic accounts with the Nintendo Switch version of Fortnite. Doing so on Switch brings up a screen alerting the player to this fact, further stating that “neither the Fortnite website nor Epic Customer Service are able to change this”. In order to play on Switch, players will need to create a completely new Epic Games account.
Not included in the Switch version is the original base game, Save the World.
Fortnite is now available on virtually every modern console, including mobile devices, and Switch owners can experience the online multiplayer phenomenon anywhere they can bring their device.