Epic Games’ plans to allow players to merge their Fortnite accounts–V-Bucks and all–across multiple platforms have been delayed. Originally due out by the end of the month, Epic has confirmed that the account merging feature won’t be available in 2018.
Epic shared the news on Fortnite’s website, saying the ability to merge accounts will not go live until “early next year.” It didn’t explain what exactly was causing the hold-up, only citing “ongoing technical concerns.”
“We want to make sure that this process is thoroughly tested and working properly before releasing it to those of you currently looking to transfer purchases from other accounts to your primary account,” it said. “We’ll be sure to update you as we get closer to the release of the feature, which will include a web page on launch to help guide you through the flow!”
Account merging was first announced back in September. With the game now supported on so many platforms–PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC, iOS, and Android–it would allow you to combine various things into a single, unified account. This would include both things you’ve purchased (Battle Royale cosmetics, V-Bucks, and early access to Save the World mode) as well as lifetime win stats.
As of September, it’s possible to link your Fortnite accounts to a single Epic account, ensuring that purchases made after the link is set up are shared across accounts. The current process is slightly complex, as you need to determine which account you want to treat as your primary one.
Epic previously delayed Save the World out of 2018. The PvE mode, which was the original concept for Fortnite before Battle Royale exploded onto the scene, is still in early access. It’s now due out as a free-to-play release for all players sometime next year. In the meantime, Battle Royale players have Week 10 challenges to complete, and Season 7 is drawing near.