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:
@NintendoUK wanna play some Fortnite later?
— Xbox UK (@xboxuk) June 12, 2018
We haven’t seen a Twitter burn that sick since, well, Monday.