E3 2018: Fortnite On Switch Already Passes 2 Million Downloads
What happens when the biggest game meets the biggest platform?
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During Nintendo's E3 2018 showcase, the company announced a surprise-launch for Fortnite, Epic's wildly successful battle royale. Predictably enough, when the biggest game around launches for the biggest console, it gets quite a response.
In a tweet, Nintendo of America revealed that Fortnite has already been downloaded more than 2 million times on the Eshop. That word came just barely a day after launch and the Pro-Am, which makes for a remarkably fast adoption rate. That quick response may have contributed to some matchmaking issues immediately after launch, which Epic quickly addressed. The Switch version also plays nicely thanks to cross-platform play with other platforms, besides PS4.
The Switch version doesn't include the game's original mode, the co-op sandbox survival Save the World. Fortnite only later adopted the Battle Royale mode as its free-to-play option, and it quickly rocketed to success far surpassing the original version. Still, the Switch version is listed as simply "Fortnite" without the Battle Royale moniker, so this may indicate some subtle branding shifting on the part of Epic. Fortnite is already known more for its battle royale mode, so referring to it as such is just reflecting how its audience already thinks about the game.
For more on Fortnite for Switch, check out our gameplay impressions above. And keep an eye out here for much more out of E3 2018.