E3 2018: Fortnite launches on the Switch today

    
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It seems weird to me now that the game we were preciously calling “Crowfall for PvE fans” at last year’s E3 has changed so drastically in that time that right now it’s leading the battle royale pack as one of the biggest games in the entire world.

But here we are at another E3, and Fortnite is all grown up, blazing ahead along Epic Games’ vector to get it on what seems like every platform known to man in an attempt to bedazzle the competition.

And that now includes the Nintendo Switch, as announced at the Nintendo presser at E3 today. As this post goes live at 1 p.m. EDT, the game will arrive for Switch players through the eShop, free-to-play as always. Yes, today. Right now.

Catch ’em if you can.

Source: Twitch, GIbiz
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rafael12104

A perfect fit for me. And free. Automatic download if there ever is one.

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PurpleCopper

Doesn’t Epic already have enough money?

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Line

It’s cross platform with PC, Xbox, Mac and mobile too, that’s great.
Not with PS4 though, Sony being Sony…

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Jack Pipsam

Sony will have to give in sooner or later, the look is just too bad.

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Sally Bowls

https://games.slashdot.org/story/18/06/12/2120206/sony-is-blocking-fortnite-cross-play-between-ps4-nintendo-switch-players

That aligns with past cross-play implementations between Xbox One, PS4, PC, and mobile, with Sony blocking other console platforms from playing with its own. You can cross-play between PS4, mobile, and PC. Unfortunately, this also suggests that PS4 players of Fortnite won’t be able to log in to their Epic accounts on the Switch, meaning you won’t be able to have any weekly progress carry over or gain access to any of your skins or emotes. This is because your Epic account is tied up with your PSN username in most cases. For instance, you can’t log in to an Epic account tied to PSN on the Xbox One version of Fortnite, and it sounds like the same will be true for the Switch.

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Schlag Sweetleaf

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mike foster

Fortnite to me is evidence of how fragile battle royale is. It’s a pretty good game that copied and pasted the BR rules onto its framework and EXPLODED.

I just don’t know what stops any other studio from pulling the same ctrl-c ctrl-v. Compared to say, the MMO/MOBA gold rush where there were certainly copycats, but they had to be actual games built to be those things.

You couldn’t take WoW mechanics and copy/paste into an existing game. Same for League/Dota — you can use an existing IP, but you can’t just drop a MOBA into, say, Fallout.

But if you look at Battlefield, CoD, all the first/third-person shooters….it’s just some quick multiplayer rule swaps. And maybe (in the case of small-map games like COD) a specific map.

Maybe I’m underestimating the difficulty, but the fact that Fortnite was so easily able to just plunk it into an existing game and ride the wave would have me terrified if I were planning a BR game (or working on one already).

Is it a genre or game mode? That’s honestly my big question.

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Sorenthaz

Fortnite is in an odd spot. It blew up because it was the first to really add some new dynamics, but it seems like there’s some very real fatigue issues that could be coming along. Like now we’re starting to see competitors that are drawing folks off Fortnite, and AAA studios are entering the fray as well.

So far with H1Z1 and PUBG their momentum plummeted as other titles grabbed more interest. It’s hard to tell how long Fortnite will stay on top because this BR genre has been super volatile compared to MOBAs and MMORPGs.

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Armsbend

I think because it is so drop in and drop out. MOBAs and MMORPGs are a slow crawl to figure out how to play, rank up and get swag.

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Sorenthaz

Yeah and BRs don’t have as much grabbing power unless you want to unlock stuff or get better at the game or simply have fun playing it.

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Sally Bowls

I just don’t think Battle Royale mode is nearly big enough for those games to break their annual release cycle.

But CoD and Battlefield have already announced Royale modes so this “fall” you can play Royale in CoD & BF.

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Sally Bowls

https://www.theverge.com/2018/6/12/17442602/fortnite-battle-royale-trend-e3-2018-epic-games-e-sports-tournament

E3 2018 started at 11:00am Pacific. First Battle Royale announcement: 11:06am

Evidence of Fortnite’s ongoing impact started even before the show. Activision announced last month that the new Call of Duty would feature its very own battle royale game mode. Then, on Saturday, Electronic Arts revealed just six minutes into its annual E3 press conference that the new WWII-focused Battlefield V would feature the same.

At the PC Gaming Show on Monday, the developer of a new game called Mavericks: Proving Grounds announced an upcoming beta featuring 400-person and even 1,000-person battle royale modes — all in a bid to out-innovate Epic to ever-larger and more chaotic variants on the genre. Indies are also getting in on the trend: the creators of popular webcomic Cyanide & Happiness announced their very own battle royale game yesterday, called Rapture Rejects, featuring a cartoony art style and a 100-person deathmatch mode.

It’s even become a pervasive meme — well before E3 even kicked off — that the conference this year would be overflowing with battle royale copycats and graphed-on game modes to cash in on Fortnite’s success. Symbols of the game company and franchise logos with battle royale Photoshopped beneath them have become an easy-to-crack a joke about the state of the game industry in 2018.

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Armsbend

As a single mode in a larger game I’m all for it. If EA really does turn on a corner on the BF series that’s probably where I’ll hang my hat – certainly if they have all of the other stuff that made it popular before they doinked it up.

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Getting a Switch for Christmas this year. Kind of excited (Bayonetta + the Marios I’ve missed out on over the years). I’ll be playing this one on it.

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Zora

And here you might have thought at least in the culturally-impermeable fortress of Nintendo’s ecosystem there’d be safety from the outbreak hehe

If anything I am a tad surprised it can run on the switch. I’m not sure how demanding the game is on PC but the switch is not what you’d define a powerful platform by any stretch. Will it still run smoothly enough to be playable, even if possibly toned down in the graphic department?

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Armsbend

Switch’s have decent Nvidia chips. Fortnite isn’t very taxing – one of the reasons for it’s massive success other than being free. Switch won’t sweat running Fortnite at all.