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Nintendo may have accidentally just confirmed ‘Fortnite’ for Switch

Published Jun 5th, 2018 5:20PM EDT
Fortnite for Nintendo Switch
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We’re just a few days out from the first press conferences of E3 2018, but one of the most anticipated surprises may have already been spoiled. Just days after a rating classification for a Nintendo Switch version of Fortnite appeared in Korea, some fans this week stumbled upon a piece of code in the latest Switch eShop update which very clearly calls out Fortnite by name, and even included an icon for the game that will soon live on your home screen.

The Korean ratings board leak was pretty definitive, but the fact that updates for the game are now appearing on the eShop removes all remaining doubt about Fortnite’s migration to the Switch. According to a slightly more dubious leak from 4chan, Fortnite will be one of several third-party games Nintendo reveals during its Nintendo Direct next week. Is there a chance that the company will surprise launch the game during or right after the presentation?

Neither Nintendo nor developer Epic Games have confirmed that Fortnite is in development for the Switch, but with so much data supporting its existence at this point, an announcement seems inevitable. At this point, the real question is whether or not the game will launch during E3 2018, or if it won’t be ready until later this year.

Nintendo will live stream its E3 2018 presentation on Tuesday, June 12th at 9:00 AM PT / 12:00 PM ET. If you’re a fan of Fortnite and want to see if all the leaks, rumors, and hints are real, you should probably tune in.

Jacob Siegal
Jacob Siegal Associate Editor

Jacob Siegal is Associate Editor at BGR, having joined the news team in 2013. He has over a decade of professional writing and editing experience, and helps to lead our technology and entertainment product launch and movie release coverage.