If you have been struggling to enjoy Fortnite on Switch lately, you are not alone. Many Fortnite Switch players have been encountering one glitch after another ever since the start of Season 5. Trees and buildings take forever to load and the game is plagued by stutters to a point where intense firefights are unnavigable. Until now, Epic had remained conspicuously silent on the growing list of issues, but help is finally on the way.
Epic claims to have found the source of the Switch’s many problems and is now working with Nintendo to roll out fixes as soon as possible. Here is a direct quote from a Trello board ran by Epic that addresses issues like this one:
Switch players are reporting issues with models and environment not rendering properly, as well as an increase in hitches that have apparently gotten worse with each update. We’re investigating what the root cause for this is and will provide updates once we have more information.
We’ve found an issue with with [sic] loading performance degrading over subsequent patches. We’re working with Nintendo on a fix for the root cause of this, targeting the 5.40 release. Internal test results look positive and we’re hopeful that this will improve the situation significantly.
The board post also mentions a possible workaround: players who have the game installed on an SD card seem to have more substantial problems than those who have the game installed on the Switch’s internal memory, so reinstalling the game on your internal memory instead of an SD card may provide enough relief to hold you over until 5.40 (Although, I have the game installed on system memory and still experience these problems to a substantial degree).
It is a relief to see that Epic is now aware of the problem. I personally cannot wait to finally resume playing Fortnite on Switch–I jumped to PS4 shortly after 5.0 and have only sporadically tried it on Switch since, encountering the same problems every time. If this update delivers, though, then we can finally return to those glorious Season 4 performance levels. Here’s to more stable Battle Royales ahead.