Without a doubt, many Nintendo Switch fans were elated to learn during the Big N's E3 2018 presser that Epic Games' multiplayer sandbox survival shooter Fortnite was not only coming to the platform, but would also be releasing today as well. While the title is certainly being enjoyed by many newcomers, those who originally linked their Epic Games account to the PS4 version of the game will not see their content carry over to the Switch edition.
As pointed out by the Internet personality Greg Miller, anyone who attempts to log into Fortnite on Nintendo Switch with their PS4-connected Epic Games accounts will be met with a message telling them to create a new account to play the title on the hybrid mobile console. The message reads as such, "This Fortnite account is associated with a platform which does not allow it to operate on Switch. Neither the Fortnite website nor Epic Customer Service are able to change this."
.@PlayStation, fix this.— Greg Miller (@GameOverGreggy) June 12, 2018
Not allowing me to sign-in to Fortnite Switch with my Epic account because it's linked to PS4 is tone deaf and points more to fear than market dominance.
It does the opposite of what you want -- it makes me think about moving to Xbox for Fortnite. pic.twitter.com/D9xqv9aWdF
While some fans will surely be disappointed to learn that they are unable to sign into Fortnite on Switch due to their existing PS4-connected Epic Games accounts barring them access, it's important to note that no one is being blocked from actually playing the game on the hybrid mobile console. That said, though, fans' frustrations are valid due to the fact that both Xbox and PC-linked Epic accounts allow the Switch access to such skins, emotes, and items earned through the Battle Pass.
All things considered, the Nintendo Switch releasing Fortnite Battle Royale today for free will certainly introduce droves of new players to the already popular title, but it's unfortunate that some who initially got into Fortnite on PS4 will be kept from their content on the Big N's system. Obviously, though, Sony will not be budging any time soon on the cross play issue.
Fortnite is available now in early access for Nintendo Switch, iOS, PC, PS4, and Xbox One.