Fortnite Battle Royale launched for the Switch today following a recent Nintendo Direct reveal, and it boasts the same addictive battle royale gameplay in both handheld and docked modes, plus cross-platform play with PC, Xbox One, and mobile. But one of the most exciting features about the Switch version of Fortnite Battle Royale was only mentioned later during Nintendo’s Treehouse Live showcase of the game, and that’s how voice chat will work.
According to one of the game’s developers, Fortnite Battle Royale on Switch supports party chat, and you don’t need to use Nintendo’s smartphone app to talk to your friends. Instead, you can plug a compatible headset into the Switch’s headphone jack and talk to your friends no matter what platform they’re playing on.
This is a pretty big deal for Switch players. Not only is voice chat is key to survival in Fortnite‘s squad-based modes, but any other Switch game that allows voice chat requires the annoying steps of downloading the Nintendo app and talking through your phone while also trying to listen to the game. Apparently, Epic discovered the solution to one of the Switch’s biggest faults.
The Treehouse Live presentation also revealed that Epic is thinking about ways of integrating the Switch’s touchscreen into Fortnite. Players already have several options for how they want to play, but having a more mobile-style, touch-based control system would be an interesting choice for Fortnite on Switch.