Fortnite now lets you merge accounts on different platforms

Fortnite is a free-to-play third-person shooter with building mechanics. The title has become a cultural sensation due to its unique blend of expressive gameplay. Back in February 2018, Epic Games stated that the title was played by roughly 3.4 million gamers concurrently. Since then, that figure has ballooned to 8.3 million. Considering that there are so many players, the revenue generated from people buying the campaign and microtransactions is significant to say the least. In order to keep players coming back for more, the developer needs to add new features.

While there is a lot of great content hitting Fortnite soon, today, the company announced that it was giving users the ability to merge their accounts. Before Sony caved and allowed cross-play between Xbox One and PlayStation 4, many users created multiple accounts across these platforms so that they would play with their friends. Since not everyone has both devices, this meant that their progress wouldn't carry over from one console to the other.

Account merging grants players the ability to use just one account across across all devices. This means that all of the cosmetics and "V-Bucks" that you've earned will be available wherever you want to play. Epic Games detailed the process and you can read the instructions and restrictions below.

  • You'll choose two accounts, first a 'Primary Account' that you wish to continue using. Then you'll choose a 'Secondary Account' to merge and disable. Your secondary accounts 'Console Login' will be instantly linked to your Primary Account. Two weeks later your cosmetic items and V-Bucks will be transferred to your Primary Account.
  • Battle royale will allow you to merge all cosmetic items.
  • The campaign will allow you to merge 'Llamas,' 'Defenders,' 'Heroes,' 'Schematics,' 'Survivors,' experience, 'Evolution,' and 'Perk Materials' only.
  • Other Items such as Unreal Marketplace items, 'Creative Islands,' and campaign account level and progress will not be merged over from your secondary account.
  • One account must have played on Xbox One or Nintendo Switch and the other on PlayStation 4 before September 28, 2018 to be eligible.
  • Your account must not currently be banned or disabled.
  • You'll need access to all email addresses that are associated with accounts you wish to merge.

It's great to see that Epic Games is allowing gamers to merge accounts. However, some of the restrictions won't go over well with some customers. You can visit Fortnite's website to get started.

Do you play Fortnite? What do you think of its evolution over the years? Let us know. This week, EA released a battle royale game called Apex Legends on Xbox One and other platforms. The title is garnering stellar reviews and may just give Fortnite a run for its money.

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Asher Madan handles gaming news for Windows Central. Before joining Windows Central in 2017, Asher worked for a number of different gaming outlets. He has a background in medical science and is passionate about all forms of entertainment, cooking, and antiquing.