Sony faces growing Fortnite backlash at E3

Isaac Cain
June 15, 2018

Do you think Sony is wrong to restrict Fortnite cross-play?

To say fans were excited that Fortnite for the Switch launched during E3 would be an understatement. That means if a player has purchased content on their account while playing on the PS4, completing seasons of gameplay, none of that will carry over if they want to play on the Switch.

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. "We also offer Fortnite cross-play support with PC, Mac, iOS, and Android devices, expanding the opportunity for Fortnite fans on PS4 to play with even more gamers on other platforms".

"According to The NPD Group's Games Acquisition Monitor, at the end of Q1 over 40 percent of Switch owners in the USA also owned a PS4", NPD analyst Mat Piscatella wrote on Twitter. "Please try a different Epic account, or visit our help website for more information".

Still, Sony hasn't said anything since it commented on the controversy to the BBC.

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You still can't play Fortnite on Switch with your main Epic account if it's ever been associated with PS4, and Sony has finally issued a statement responding to player concerns.

The Switch version of Fortnite has all the same features as the version on PC and other consoles. In addition to confirming that Fortnite for the Switch has already been downloaded over 2 million time, Fils-Aime added, "We embrace working with a developer and enabling them to bring their vision to life 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".

But the move leaves Fortnite players with the feeling that they are being punished because Sony views the success of the Switch as a threat to the PlayStation 4's dominance of the current generation of consoles.

Brandwatch has released their report on this year's E3 which measures the popularity of each company's conference and video game titles by studying social media reactions to events as they unfold. 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.

Of course, there are other, more reasonable explanations for not supporting cross-platform play on certain devices.

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