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Plenty of Switch players have already boarded the battle bus.

Though some leaks indicated it would be coming to the platform,  Fortnite surprisingly launched for the Nintendo Switch immediately following Nintendo’s E3 2018 Direct. And in less than a day, a huge number of players have already downloaded the popular battle royale game.

Speaking to IGN at E3 2018, Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime confirmed to IGN that, in its first day of availability, Fortnite has been downloaded on Switch more than two million times.

“At this point, we’ve already had more than two million downloads on Fortnite,” Fils-Aime said. “So that speaks to an engaged audience on Nintendo Switch as well as the core proposition of, I can now take it with me and play anywhere, anytime, with anyone, it’s really resonated.”

The launch of Fortnite on Switch also came with some surprising news. The first, positive note being that players can directly use voice chat in the game via the Switch’s headphone jack, instead of the Nintendo Switch mobile app. And though cross-play is supported on Switch with Xbox One, PC, Mac, and mobile versions, Fortnite Epic Games accounts linked to a PS4 are not compatible with the Switch version, nor is cross-play supported between the platforms.

Acknowledging that Sony’s choices are theirs to make, Fils-Aime explained Nintendo’s commitment to cross-play comes from wanting to embrace the developer’s vision.

“We embrace working with a developer and enabling them to bring their vision to life,” Fils-Aime said. “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.”

Before it’s release on Switch, Epic’s gigantic hit previously launched on PC, Xbox One, PS4, and most recently on iOS devices. For more on Fortnite, be sure to read our review of the Battle Royale hit and check out our Fortnite wiki guide.

Jonathon Dornbush is IGN’s News Editor who is excited to have the battle bus wherever he goes. Talk to him about what you’re playing on Switch on Twitter @jmdornbush.





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