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Fortnite to launch for Nintendo Switch today

Epic's battle royale shooter will be free to everyone, and is now on every major gaming platform

Fortnite will launch for the Nintendo Switch today at 10am Pacific Time.

Nintendo announced the Switch version of hugely popular battle royale shooter during its E3 Direct stream today. Epic's game will be free-to-play, as it is on other platforms, and it will be available on the eShop at 10am Pacific Time today.

The arrival on Switch of what is arguably the world's most popular online shooter is big news for both Epic and Nintendo. However, it is also very much in keeping with Epic's strategy to make Fortnite available on as many platforms as possible.

It is already available on iOS, for example, allowing players to participate in the same matches on very different hardware. The mobile version of Fortnite has been a great success already, and the Switch version will open up the game to nearly 20 million new players.

When we spoke to Epic's Tim Sweeney at GDC this year he spoke of building Fortnite into, "one unified game that runs on all platforms, that is the same experience everywhere, and is a social experience that you can play with friends across all of the different platforms.

"What we have is this one engine that's supporting AAA production values and game sizes and content bases that runs everywhere. This is going to be a great setup for the games industry, because it means that now you don't have a divide between casual mobile games and high-end PC and console games."

The Android version of Fortnite is due to launch this summer.

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Ben Link Video Game Enthusiast and Graphic Artist 6 months ago
Except Android.
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