E3 2018: Fortnite Formally Confirmed For Switch, Available Today

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Epic Games’ record-breaking battle royale game Fortnite was formally confirmed for Nintendo Switch during today’s E3 Direct. Fans won’t have long to wait to get their hands on it, either, as it’s available right after the presentation. As with all versions of Fortnite, it’s available to download for free, along with purchaseable microtransactions included for V-Bucks.

The Switch port of Fortnite has been a poorly kept secret in the run-up to E3 2018. A few weeks ago, an image verified by multiple sources showed Nintendo’s E3 showfloor, and Fortnite was one of the games name-dropped, all while the Korean ratings board rated the port. Then last week, Nintendo itself updated the eShop servers with a Fortnite update and a home menu icon, a discovery made by Twitter user Michael Sears.

Within the last year, Fortnite has become one of the biggest video game smashes on the planet. It incorporated a Battle Royale mode back in October, where 100 players parachuting to an island to build forts and maim each other to the last one standing. Fortnite has caught the attention of Twitch streamers, schools, and rapper Drake himself. Its popularity has cut into the business of fellow Battle Royale shooter PUBG, who’s developers are suing Epic in Korea over alleged “copyright infringement”.

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When he's not writing about games, Alex Irish is an illustrator and animation expert. His favorite gaming franchise is Pokémon, full-stop, but his favorite game of all time is Resident Evil 4. He attended the first-ever IGN House Party and is a five-time attendee of the Ottowa International Animation Festival.