If you were excited to take your Fortnite account to the Nintendo Switch after the game was announced (then released) on the console at E3 this week, you should know that it won’t work if you made your account on a PlayStation 4. 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.
When attempting to log-in with a PS4-created Epic Games account on the Switch, they are met with this response: “This Fortnite account is associated with a platform which does not allow it to operate on Switch. Neither the Fortnite website nor Epic Customer Service are able to change this. To play Fortnite on Switch, please create a new account.” Players are understandably upset, especially since Sony has allowed crossplay on other platforms. Now, Sony has released a response to the controversy.
In a statement to the BBC, Sony said “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.”
“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,” the statement said. Unfortunately, that doesn’t help the 2 million people that downloaded Fortnite on the Switch in it first 24 hours of release. “We have nothing further to add beyond this at this point,” the Sony spokesperson finished.
This mirrors a similar controversy when Sony refused to allow crossplay when Microsoft attempted to push Minecraft to be united on all platforms. Meanwhile, Microsoft and Nintendo are riding their crossplay abilities with plenty of social media chatter:
Sony is receiving nothing but negative reactions to this decision, and the backlash isn’t just from commenters. Shares have slid over 2% since the announcement.