Sony Mired in Controversy in 'Fortnite' Nintendo Switch Debacle

Sony Mired in Controversy in 'Fortnite' Nintendo Switch Debacle

The backlash against Sony for blocking Fortnite cross-play on the PlayStation 4 with other console gamers is growing.

While many fans were able to jump onto their Switch consoles, log in to their Epic Games account, and continue where they left off, those attempting to play on a PS4 linked account weren't so lucky.

Sony has remained firm on not allowing PS4 players to play with those on Xbox, with the "cross-play" situation arising yet again after reports that it will not be permitted with the Nintendo Switch either.

Nintendo of America's product marketing manager Bill Trinen, however, did say in a statement to Kotaku that we'll be hearing more about the game "later this year", so not all hope is lost. If Sony doesn't want to allow cross-console multiplayer on PS4 that's its own choice to make, bummer it may be. Microsoft and Nintendo have made great strides in cross-play, with "Minecraft" and "Fortnite" letting Microsoft Xbox One and Nintendo Switch owners play together.

At its essence, the issue stems not only from stopping Switch players playing with those on PS4, but also from Sony locking accounts created on the PS4 to their platform. 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.


During E3, it was revealed that the Epic Games Battle Royale title would be coming to the Switch device.

And despite the problems, Fils-Aime said the number of downloads of "Fortnite" onto the Switch has continued to skyrocket.

With E3 2018 said and done, the major publishers have left gamers with all kinds content to look forward to in the near future. And if there was any hope that things might change, Sony's statement closed by saying, "We have nothing further to add beyond this at this point".

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.

Smash 4 added the option for "Omega" versions of every stage turning them into a Final Destination-style variant to add more competitively viable stages though making them essentially re-skins did not do anything for the game's balance or meta. And we work hard with them to bring that to life.

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