Fortnite was finally launched for the Nintendo Switch a few days back and given that it’s an insanely popular game that gained over 125 million players in less than a year, it goes without saying that a lot of people were happy that it had finally been released for the Switch. However, PlayStation 4 owners got a rude shock when they found out that Sony has effectively blocked Epic Games from enabling cross-play and progression sync between the PS4 and Switch, or the Xbox One for that matter. Sony has responded to the backlash but it won’t do much to assuage fans’ concerns.
The block means that players can’t carry over their progress, purchases, and skins from Fortnite on PlayStation 4 to the Nintendo Switch or Xbox One. They simply can’t use that Fortnite account on any other console. It’s pertinent to mention here that there’s no such limitation between the Xbox One and Switch.
This may not have surprised many Xbox One owners, though, given that Sony doesn’t allow Fortnite account sharing between the Xbox and PlayStation platforms as well.
”We’re always open to hearing what the PlayStation community is interested in to enhance their gaming experience. Fortnite is already a huge hit with PS4 fans, offering a true free-to-play experience so gamers can jump in and play online. With 79 million PS4s sold around the world and 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. 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,” Sony said in its first response to the controversy.
It doesn’t address the concerns that fans have and doesn’t even hint if the company has any plans of enabling cross-play and progress sync between consoles.