Published: Fri, June 15, 2018
Industry | By Kenny Hampton

Sony Issues a Statement Following Backlash Regarding PS4 'Cross-Play' for Fortnite

Sony Issues a Statement Following Backlash Regarding PS4 'Cross-Play' for Fortnite

At last year's E3, a brand new Yoshi game for the Nintendo Switch was revealed, and scheduled to be released in 2018. So no in-game purchases carry over, forcing players to create new secondary accounts. The move is a seemingly untenable expansion of Sony's long-standing unwillingness to allow cross-platform play between the PS4 and other consoles, and it's drawing widespread ire among players. Neither the Fortnite website nor Epic Customer Service are able to change this. You can blame Sony's increasingly aggravating opposition to cross-platform play.

It's especially odd, seeing as much of Fortnite's success can be owed to the game being made available on PlayStation 4 in the first place.

Conversely, Microsoft has capitalised from Sony's stance: those who have played Fortnite on the Xbox One are experiencing no problems in accessing their Epic Games accounts in Fortnite on the Switch. You obviously want to bring in new players, but you have to satisfy core players.

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Sony does allow compatibility with the PC and iOS versions of the game, indicating that the Xbox/Switch block it is a strategic choice rather than a technical impossibility.

The release of Fortnite on Nintendo Switch was inevitable but still a very welcome bit of E3 news - especially with the whole "it's out now" angle. If you've never played Fortnite, you really shouldn't start on the PS4. This means that a Fortnite account, once logged-in on a PlayStation 4 is then forever tied to that platform. The game will even support GameCube controllers, a nod to people who play "Smash Bros." in competitive tournaments. (Unless keeping its console separate from the others becomes a deal-breaker with consumers, in which case even Sony might be persuaded to stop creating artificial boundaries along console lines between players.) Games will remain fragmented. "I look at that and I wish people could get to play together".

What has followed has been a fairly justified backlash towards Sony which we have now learned extends to the company's stock. It was understood that cross-play on the PS4 version of Fortnite would be limited to PC, Mac, iOS, and Android, but nothing was said about not being able to use your account on the Switch. Perhaps the Sony rep who crafted the above statement should consider a second career in politics.

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