Fortnite Battle Royale: Numbers reflect successful launch for Nintendo Switch

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Fortnite officially launched for the Nintendo Switch this week. Early numbers suggest it is already doing very well on the new platform.

It was only a matter of time before Fortnite, the world’s most popular battle royale game, made its way to the Nintendo Switch platform. Most of us expected it to come but when the announcement was made at E3 2018, the wait was finally over for Switch players.

Switch players were clearly excited and early numbers would suggest the game is doing very well with the owners of the versatile console. The Nintendo Switch saw over two million downloads on its first day.

If you’d like a full break-down on what to expect from Fortnite on the Switch platform, our very own David Miniel wrote this review and shared his initial thoughts on the game immediately after its release.

Nintendo’s version of the game can be played cross-platform with gamers who use an XBox, PC or mobile. Unfortunately for anyone whose friends play Fortnite on a PlayStation 4, Sony is currently holding-up the ability to play cross-platform.

While Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime sees the bigger picture, it would seem that Sony does not. Fils-Aime had this to say to IGN about cross-platform play on the Switch:

"“We embrace working with a developer and enabling them to bring their vision to life. And whether that’s Fortnite, whether that’s a number of the other games that have cross-platform play on our console, from a developer standpoint that’s what we want. And we work hard with them to bring that to life. What competitors do is their decision to make. We believe being both developer-forward and fan-forward is in the best interest of the game.”"

Hopefully this is something that Sony will change their stance on in the future. The total amount  players currently sits somewhere over 125 million. It would be amazing for all of those players to have the ability to play together.

Staying focused on the positive, Fortnite is seeing great success in the early stages of release on the Nintendo Switch and that is worth celebrating. The game and the brand are growing, making it a better experience for everyone who plays. Congratulations, Epic Games, on your continued success!

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