When Fortnite released on Switch earlier this week it was a big deal for fans of the battle royale title. For the first time, gamers could utilize the Fortnite cross-play feature to take the game on the go and not have it be relegated to a touchscreen device. And then PlayStation 4 owners tried to login.
When you first launch the battle royale game, your asked to sign up for or login to your Epic Games account. This is an essential step to be able to access the Fortnite cross-play feature. As an Xbox One player, I simply logged into my account on the Switch and saw my character and Battle Pass progress exactly how I left it on the Xbox One. The same can be said for PC players or those on iOS. When PlayStation 4 players attempted to login, they were greeted with this:
Due to Sony’s policy not to allow their gaming community to intermingle with other consoles, the Fortnite cross-play feature is locking out players from their accounts if they attempt to go from the PlayStation 4 to the Nintendo Switch. If those players want to play on Switch, they’re forced to create a new Epic Games account.
Sony has been getting destroyed on social media due to this. But instead of giving fans a real response to the problem, the company essentially swept it under the rug with this statement to the BBC:
“We’re always open to hearing what the PlayStation community is interested in to enhance their gaming experience. 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.”
It’s an embarrassing response, crafted to both dodge the issue at hand and tout the market dominance of their gaming platform. But with Fortnite being the most popular game in the world right now, there has got to be more pressure than ever on Sony to reconsider their cross-play policies.
One of Sony’s biggest (and loudest) proponents of the PlayStation 4 is Kinda Funny’s Greg Miller. Miller dropped the below well written tweet just after Fortnite on Switch launched. PlayStation, fix this.
.@PlayStation, fix this.
Not allowing me to sign-in to Fortnite Switch with my Epic account because it's linked to PS4 is tone deaf and points more to fear than market dominance.
It does the opposite of what you want — it makes me think about moving to Xbox for Fortnite. pic.twitter.com/D9xqv9aWdF
— Greg Miller (@GameOverGreggy) June 12, 2018