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

Jun 16, 2018, 00:19
E3 2018: Sony Responds To Anger Over Fortnite Cross-Play Block

The game company is facing backlash from PlayStation 4 players who are disappointed that they can't access their PlayStation 4 accounts for the wildly popular battle royale game Fortnite on the Nintendo Switch.

"According to The NPD Group's Games Acquisition Monitor, at the end of Q1 over 40 percent of Switch owners in the United States also owned a PS4", NPD analyst Mat Piscatella wrote on Twitter.

While the PS4 version of Fortnite does support cross-play on PC, Mac, and mobile devices, Sony seems to have no interest in working out a deal with Nintendo or Microsoft to make console cross-play a reality as well.

The latter part of the issue was neither addressed by Sony nor Epic so no one really knows who is responsible for the accounts being blocked. Their move has caused unforeseen damage though.

In fact, it makes the entire thing a bit of a farce, especially since most companies have made it a breeze to play Fortnite on every platform now out there. Spencer then proceeded to admit that the early efforts with Games for Windows and Xbox Live on Windows PC didn't respect the PC gaming audience, but now the long-term goal is to be able to establish a much more native PC environment so that gamers can feel comfortable with it. It's believable that someone would want to play the prettier version of Fortnite on PS4 at home and play the Switch version on the go. Sony never warned players about the lockout, which is an after-effect that they may not have been aware of prior to gamer complaints.

In a statement to BBC News, a Sony spokeswoman said the following. Yet many of those players soon faced a sad realization: Not only was there no cross-play with PlayStation 4 owners, but if they had used their Epic account for any game on Sony's console, there was no way for them to sign into it on the Switch. "We have nothing further to add beyond this at this point", the Sony spokesperson finished. Any purchases or unlocks will be lost when moving over to the Switch. You would think that Sony would have learnt some humility after their mistakes with the PS3, but apparently not. They simply can't use that Fortnite account on any other console.

It's a similar system to the Xbox Game Pass, which has brand new games such as Sea of Thieves and State of Decay 2 as well as Xbox Original titles like Knights of the Old Republic, but these have always been available to download. There could be any number of reasons why: Sony could be anxious that PS4 owners will jump ship if they can play with their friends on other consoles.

Gamers were already unable to share a Fortnite account between Microsoft and Sony's platforms. We have a contract with the people who go online with us, that we look after them and they are within the PlayStation curated universe.