Fans have been asking for Fortnite to come to Nintendo Switch for months, and the hints that it was going to happen piled up in the days leading up to E3. Nintendo and Epic Games have finally confirmed that it’s happening and, better yet, Fortnite is out today at 10 a.m. P.S.T/ 1 p.m. E.S.T.
The game will be available for free on the Nintendo Switch eShop, and Epic updates the game weekly on the PC and existing consoles. We can expect Fortnite on the Nintendo Switch to stay on the same release schedule to make cross-platform play as smooth as possible. Switch players will finally get a chance to see why Fortnite is so popular, and existing players have yet another way to take the game with them.
This is only the battle royale game mode, however. The Save the World mode won’t be included in this release. You will, however, be able to play against PC, Mac, Xbox One and mobile players through the Switch version. You’ll also be able to connect any standard headset 3.5 mm headset to the Switch for voice chat, which is very possibly a first for the system.
This is exactly what fans have been hoping for: A version of Fortnite you can play on the go with traditional controls. The fact you’ll be able to download it and play today is just icing on the cake. We’ll have hands-on thoughts with this release in the next few hours.