Sony Issues a Statement Addressing Fortnite Crossplay Compatibility on PS4

Epic's Fortnite is coming to the Nintendo Switch

Epic's massively popular battle royale game Fortnite launched for Nintendo Switch during E3 earlier this week, and like most other versions, it supports cross-play and cross-progression with PC, Xbox One, and iOS-but not PS4.

It is obvious that Sony only cares about keeping their "80 million" active users in one place, and their move to block crossplay can only be viewed as an attempt to discourage gamers from playing Fortnite on any other gaming consoles. The lack of cross-play means any purchases they've made on PS4 won't carry over to the Switch. Neither the Fortnite website nor Epic Customer Service are able to change this. It has also been reported that PS4 Fortnite players can not use their account on the Switch version.

I've reached out to Sony for a clarification specifically about blocking the Epic account on Switch and Xbox One, and I'll update this story with any new information. Other consoles, however, is where it draws the line.

On Switch - "This Fortnite account is associated with a platform which does not allow it to operate on Switch". However since that time the headline has turned into Sony backlash in a very unusual case that all but erases the PlayStation 4's "for the players" tagline.

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Fortnite is available now for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Mac, and iOS.

While it certainly has the numbers to sustain a good experience for its paid PlayStation Network subscribers, it's doing a disservice to games and their communities in the long run with its anti cross-platform position.

In E3 interviews, representatives for Sony's fellow console makers were relatively diplomatic in expressing their annoyance.

Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime said during an interview with FOX Business' Liz Claman that his company has not reached out to Sony regarding the problems with "Fortnite". The game will even support GameCube controllers, a nod to people who play "Smash Bros." in competitive tournaments. If it doesn't help the developers and it doesn't help the consumer then it doesn't feel like it helps grow gaming to me. And we work hard with them to bring that to life. In that vein, several days of streams for the game have confirmed further important competitive options, including the fact that stages can be tweaked to be more or less competitively themed. "What we control are the decisions we make".

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