A number of credible leaks and reports suggest that Epic Games’ ultra-popular battle royale game Fortnite will be getting a Switch port in the near future.
The scuttlebutt around the Switch port started yesterday afternoon, when Fortnite showed up in a photographed list of Switch game logos that were purportedly being printed for display at Nintendo’s E3 booth. That list also included other unannounced Switch titles such as Dragon Ball FighterZ, Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate, Killer Queen Black, Paladins, and Overcooked 2.
It’s incredibly easy to generate an authentic-looking (but fake) list of E3 announcements, of course, and fraudulent “leaks” pop up all the time in the pre-E3 buzz. But there’s sufficient reason to believe this leak is authentic.
For one, embargoed pre-E3 planning information exists regarding the existence of at least one of the unannounced titles on this list (though we can’t reveal more details until the embargo is up). For another, a Switch version of Fortnite popped up on the Korean Ratings Board website overnight, shortly after the leaked photo was made public.
Kotaku’s sources also confirm Fortnite‘s coming Switch port via unnamed Epic Games sources, saying “a person familiar with upcoming Switch games” has confirmed Dragon Ball FighterZ‘s port as well. Kotaku also notes that the Twitter account for competitive indie arcade game Killer Queen recently changed its avatar and header art to pure black, lending credence to the Killer Queen Black branding in the leaked shot.
Fortnite has been growing steadily in popularity since the introduction of its battle royale mode last September, but it has become a bona fide social gaming phenomenon following its iOS launch in March. With a Switch port putting the game in front of tens of millions more potential players and an Android launch already planned for the summer, the current base of over 40 million Fortnite players could balloon even more before the year is out.
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