Sony starts pretending it cares about Switch-PS4 ‘Fortnite’ cross-play

Donna Miller
June 14, 2018

However, those who have played Fortnite on a PlayStation 4 have been getting the following error message when trying to log into their Epic Games accounts on the Switch: "This Fortnite account is associated with a platform which does not allow it to operate on Switch". The same is also true in reverse; a Fortnite account created on or connected to the Switch can't be accessed on the PS4 version of the game. "Neither the "Fortnite" website nor Epic Customer Service are able to change this".

"Fortnite is absolutely massive and it's only going to get bigger - it's about to come to Android - so Sony has got to start thinking about its closed-garden ecosystem".

So, Sony's response to the outrage is essentially "there are enough people playing on PS4 already and even if there weren't, you can still play with people on PC and mobile devices".

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"We're always open to hearing what the PlayStation community is interested in to enhance their gaming experience", Sony added in the statement. Switch and Xbox One users could play with each other, as well as PC users, but not with PS4 players. Whichever way you slice it, Sony's stance on this is, rightly or wrongly, landing it in hot water, and the above statement will nearly certainly add fuel to the fire rather than extinguish it.

Fortnite is available on the Nintendo Switch. Why would it want to help players switch to a Microsoft system to play one of the most popular games? The lack of cross-play means any purchases they've made on PS4 won't carry over to the Switch. Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aimé - who just yesterday argued that multi-platform games should start arriving faster on the Switch in the near future - responded to an interview by Bloomberg covering a range of important topics for Nintendo. The executive said that there are a lot more games in the works which will be shared over the coming weeks and months and further stated that Nintendo's strategy for E3 is to show games for the next six to nine months. "If people want to go buy someone else's console and play games there, great, as long as we're all leaning in to how do we make this business for everybody as vibrant as possible".

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