E3 2018: Fortnite Switch Runs Into Problems Right Away [Update]

Matchmaking issues pop up just minutes after launch.


Fortnite was announced for Nintendo Switch during the Nintendo E3 2018 briefing, and it was released immediately after the event. The launch hasn't gone entirely to plan, however. [Update: It seems the problems have been resolved, and we've been able to play online. You can check out a new gameplay video above.]

In a tweet, developer Epic Games said it's looking into problems with matchmaking on Switch. Thankfully, there is a temporary workaround--logging out and back in. Hopefully a more permanent solution becomes available soon.

Fortnite on Switch is the same game as the existing PS4, Xbox One, PC, and mobile versions. 100 players drop out of the sky from the Battle Bus and fight to the death until one person remains. Part of what makes Fortnite unique is that it has a building element where you can create walls and structures to fortify yourself and stay alive longer.

Fortnite is free, but it makes money--a lot of money--from microtransactions. The game's Save the World mode is not coming to Nintendo Switch, a representative for Epic Games told GameSpot. We also asked if the game will require a paid Nintendo Switch Online membership when that service rolls out in September, but Epic declined to share any specifics.

Fortnite for Switch is just one of the many announcements that came out of Nintendo's E3 2018 briefing, which came ahead of the Fortnite Pro-Am. Check out GameSpot's roundup to see all the big news in one place.

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