Fortnite: Battle Royale is on the Nintendo Switch. That’s good news! You can’t log into your account if you’ve ever played it on the PlayStation 4, though. That’s … weird news. Also, bad.

That’s the message greeting prospective Battle Bus passengers when they try to get into the game on their Switches. The message displayed reads like a giant “F U” — along with a “There’s nothing you can do about it, so don’t bother asking” — to people who own more than one gaming device:

This Fornite 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. To play Fortnite on Switch, please create a new account.

To be clear, this means that, if you created your Epic account on PC, played Fortnite a ton there, and then linked that account to PS4 and played just one match there, you’re locked out of the Switch. Forever, it would seem.

It would be annoying enough to have to create two separate accounts for a new game on different devices, or if cross-platform play wasn’t allowed. But Fortnite: Battle Royale has been out for a while, so what this message is saying is that any money you spent on your account, any progress you’ve made, counts for nothing on the Switch. Start over, oh, and give us more money, please.

Needless to say, longtime fans aren’t taking this well. It’s not entirely clear who’s to blame for this “exclusivity” — Nintendo, Epic Games, or (most likely) Sony — but we know who isn’t:

We haven’t seen a Twitter burn that sick since, well, Monday.

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Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.

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