E3 2018: Sony Responds To Anger Over Fortnite Cross-Play Block

Epic's Fortnite is coming to the Nintendo Switch

Epic's Fortnite is coming to the Nintendo Switch

"We're always open to hearing what the PlayStation community is interested in to enhance their gaming experience", the company said.

This prevents them from being able to make use of outfits and other in-game purchases and rewards they had accrued.

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

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One of the most genuinely exciting occurrences of this console generation has been seeing Nintendo and Microsoft put aside their differences to make cross-play on games like Rocket League, Minecraft, and now Fortnite possible. Sony has made a decision to block those players from cross-play or being able to access and sync their gamer accounts between consoles. "Please try a different Epic account, or visit our help website for more information". "With more than 80 million monthly active users on PlayStation Network, we've built a huge community of gamers who can play together on Fortnite and all online titles", the statement read in part.

Epic probably shares some blame here for allowing Sony to have this kind control over third-party systems, but for now, Sony is the one shouldering most of it. Sony has reportedly had little interest in cross-platform capabilities in the past, so it isn't hard to imagine that it played a significant role in locking Epic Games accounts to PS4.

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At this point it seems like Sony is content to offer cross-platform support between PS4 and PC, but not to let its customers fraternize with its console competitors.

And despite the problems, Fils-Aime said the number of downloads of "Fortnite" onto the Switch has continued to skyrocket. "You have companies like mine that encourage cross-play and enable cross-play". If you were hoping for a quick change in policy on Sony's end, or at least an apology for the inconvenience, the message given to the BBC by a Sony spokesperson unfortunately did not deliver in either regard. "Fortnite is already a huge hit with PS4 fans, offering a true free-to-play experience so gamers can jump in and play online". This was before anyone was making an Epic account for Fortnite and just a few months after the launch of the Switch, so I was primarily asking him about cross-platform multiplayer.

Sony did not immediately respond to a Fortune request for comment on Sony's moves.

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