The rumors are true, battle royale fans: the hotly anticipated Nintendo Switch. Nintendo revealed Fortnite can be downloaded via the Nintendo eShop during its , during which details on were also revealed. So what are you waiting for?is now available for the
Fortnite has become, quickly surpassing rival battle royale shooter Player Unknown Battlegrounds in popularity and raking in . Free-to-play games have already exist on the Switch, but Fortnite is especially interesting given its reliance on online play. The Switch's online services are currently free, but for online multiplayer. Whether Fortnite will be exempt from those charges remains to be seen.
It has also been revealed that -- even after the Switch announcement -- Sony still. (Weirdly, PC, Mac and iOS Fortniters can cross the lines.) So if you're a Switch user wanting to play Fortnite with your PS4 friend, you're out of luck.
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.
The battle royale genre is fairly new to gaming, but the rules are simple. One hundred people jump out of Fortnite's battle bus and parachute onto an island, search for assault rifles and gear, then battle it out until only one person is left standing, resulting in a victory royale. Meanwhile a storm closes over the island with ever-shrinking circles, forcing people to fight to survive.
First published June 12, 9:11 a.m. PT. Update, 1:04 p.m. PT: Adds additional info on voice chat and absence of PS4 cross-play.
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