Add Save The World to Nintendo Switch Version of Fortnite

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Fortnite’s PvE Mode, “Save the World,” is a crucial part of the game. Although it’s nowhere near as popular as the phenomenon that is the game’s Battle Royale Mode, it’s still part of what makes Fortnite... Fortnite. Unlike the Battle Royale Mode, Save The World is currently in Early Access, and costs money to be played. This is likely part of the reason why the mode doesn’t get as much attention as Battle Royale. Once the mode is finished and it becomes free, as Epic Games has stated will happen later this year, it will probably gain a lot more players. And when that happens, it should already be available to play on Nintendo Switch.

One of the main reasons Save The World is so important is because it allows the player to obtain free V-Bucks, the game’s digital currency, used to buy things like cosmetics and emotes in the in-game store. Save the World is what makes these items affordable. The only other way to get V-Bucks in Battle Royale Mode is an occasional 100 as a reward on a Battle Pass, which itself costs 950 V-Bucks, or to buy them with real money, at a conversion rate of 100 V-Bucks per real world currency. (Or 1 V-Buck per Yen in Japan)

In comparison to most other free-to-play games, Fortnite’s items are more on the expensive side. Simple costumes for your player characters can cost as much as $20 (€20, 2,000¥, etc.) worth of V-Bucks. These prices are so high because of how easily V-Bucks can be obtained in Save The World. However, if the game is being played on Nintendo Switch, the only way to obtain V-Bucks in bulk is to buy them with real world money.

While this may also be true for players on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 who haven’t purchased Save The World, they at least have to option to buy it, but Switch players don’t. Mobile players also don’t have the option, but Epic Games has said that that is because the mode would take up too much space on a phone or tablet. This argument is not valid for Nintendo Switch, which uses Micro SD Cards and therefore can fit up to 512 Gigabytes of data if the owner is willing to pay for such a large size.

Epic Games has given little to no good reason as to why Save the World isn’t available on Nintendo Switch. In fact, there is a glitch on the Nintendo Switch version of the game that can cause the option to play Save the World to appear, as seen in this video. Unfortunately, the way to trigger the glitch is unknown, and the player who made the video hasn’t purchased the mode, so there’s no way to know if it would have loaded properly.

However, this proves that Epic Games had at one point planned to include Save the World on Nintendo Switch, or else this screen wouldn’t exist in that version of the game at all. This raises the question as to why it was removed, and more importantly, if it will be added. An Epic Games representative has stated that there are no plans to put the mode on Switch, but clearly that wasn’t always the case.

There are also a lot of players who started on another console and bought Save The World, only to move to Nintendo Switch and no longer be able to access the mode they paid a lot of money for. This was a problem a lot of players had with the mobile version of the game. They were upset they couldn’t take the Save The World experience with them wherever they went. 

One of the biggest attributes of Fortnite in Nintendo Switch is that it lets you take the game anywhere, without needing to use the mobile version’s touch controls. But right now, Save the World isn’t part of that deal. The only way to play the mode out of the house right now is to play it on a laptop, and not many people have a laptop that can handle a game like Fortnite.

Right now, Epic Games has been heavily focusing on the more popular Battle Royale Mode. But as soon as they get around to finishing Save the World and making it free, its popularity is going to blow up. And when that happens, Switch players shouldn’t have to wait any longer than the PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 players to be able to access it. 

With all of that exposition, the goal of this petition is to show Epic Games that there are Fortnite Players out there who want the Save The World Mode to be playable on Nintendo Switch. If you’re one of those players, please sign your name and share the petition with your friends to help us reach our goal of at least 10,000 signatures.