Players of the popular survival game Fortnite are complaining to Sony that they can not use the same accounts on different consoles.
"We're always open to hearing what the PlayStation community is interested in to enhance their gaming experience", Sony's statement said. It's unfortunate, however, that Sony has blocked compatibility with any competing consoles when it comes to cross-play and transferring progress you've made in games playable on other platforms. "We have nothing further to add beyond this at this point", the Sony spokesperson finished.
Some users have said this runs contrary to PlayStation's For the players motto, while others have said they will be switching from PS4 to the Xbox console as a result. These links leave Siliconera. However, many of those players found themselves locked out from playing because their Fortnite account was tied to their PlayStation 4. Many gamers use the Switch as a secondary console, because of its portable nature. The problem with Sony's response to the cross-play issue is that it does not acknowledge the problem in the first place.
"We have no plans for Save the World on Switch", a representative for Epic Games told Gamespot. "And whether that's Fortnite, whether that's a number of the other games that have cross-platform play on our console, from a developer standpoint that's what we want".
Players barely had time to realize there was now a Fortnite for Switch, but they still reacted accordingly.
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Sony has really gone and messed up Fortnite on the Switch. Players need to create an Epic Games account to play, or sign in with an existing one.
In related news that offers a bit more positivity, the recently concluded tournament during E3 does more than provide a bit of fun for "Fortnite" players and $3 million in prizes.
Do you think Sony is wrong to restrict Fortnite cross-play?
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. More than 125 million people have played the game since it launched on July 27, 2017, Epic Games announced Wednesday, according to Insider.