Recent rumors about Fortnite‘s port to the Nintendo Switch contain some interesting tidbits about exclusive features and how Epic Games plans on market the game for a hybrid console.
The source for these latest rumors is Twitter user LeakyPandy, a group account that predicted some facts about the March 8th Nintendo Direct but was wildly off about other details. However, LeakyPandy mentions that these Fornite Switch rumors could be nothing more than “gossip,” so it seems fair to be skeptical about some of the following details.
First off, LeakyPandy claims that Fortnite will be announced for the Switch during E3 2018. If Fornite is going to be announced for the Switch, E3 2018 seems like an obvious time to do so, as it’s more general public-facing than the smaller Nintendo Direct announcements. Following that, the account claims Save the World and Battle Royale might launch sequentially, not at the same time, but I suppose we’d find that out during the announcement.
According to the rumors, Battle Royale mode will be pretty much the same on Switch as it is on every other platform and will include cross-play, though LeakyPandy didn’t provide any details about which platforms the Switch version would cross.
Save the World is where Fortnite would really mix things up on Switch. Most significantly, the mode will allegedly support local Switch-to-Switch cooperative multiplayer. Given this is one of the Switch’s biggest marketing points, it makes sense, and LeakyPandy claims that this information comes from “one of [their] most trusted sources.” On top of that, the Switch version would reportedly offer exclusive Nintendo-related content. Think Mario and Luigi costumes for your characters.
The final rumor speaks to Nintendo’s marketing plans for Fortnite. Both Save the World and Battle Royale will be playable docked or handheld, but the marketing plans for Fortnite on Switch will more heavily push Battle Royale as a docked experience, while Save the World will be the more handheld experience.
Fortnite x Switch Rumor Summary
-StW and BR may release sequentially
-No substantial differences on Switch
-Local Co-op implemented
-Exclusive Nintendo IP related content for this mode
— LeakyPandy (@LeakyPandy) April 25, 2018
Rumors about Fortnite coming to the Switch gained a lot of traction after developer Epic Games expressed a desire to see its battle royale juggernaut on Nintendo’s fastest-selling console.
Remember that these latest rumors are unverified, but if Epic Games can get Fornite working well on mobile (with cross-play), there’s no reason the game wouldn’t work on the Switch. Given that Fortnite is the most popular game in the world right now, Nintendo might want to jump on that bandwagon.
Source: Nintendo Life