Sony’s Useless Response To Blocking Fortnite Cross-Play
PlayStation bosses have shed light on pretty much nothing when commenting on why Fortnite cross-play will not be available on the Nintendo Switch.
During E3, it was revealed that the Epic Games Battle Royale title would be coming to the Switch device.
Owners of the console have been waiting for this news for a while, as the portable capabilities and other aspects of the device could make the Fortnite experience even better than before. We won't go too much into this as we have spoken of it throughout the past week, but what happened next was a bit of a step backwards.
An unexpected bump in the road came for fans that downloaded the free to play version of Fortnite. When they tried to log into Epic Games account, which they used on their PlayStation, all were unable to carry across their progress, or in fact anything, to their Switch.
Obviously they were annoyed as it would mean they'd have to start all over again, and everyone eagerly awaited Sony to give an explanation for why this is the case. Drum roll please...
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.
"More than 80 million monthly active users [are] on PlayStation Network, we've built a huge community of gamers who can play together on Fortnite and all online titles."
OK, get to the point.
They continued: "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.
"We have nothing further to add beyond this at this point."
Wait a second. It sounds to me like that they completely and utterly avoided giving a reason as to why players couldn't use accounts on both the PS4 and Nintendo Switch, by saying 'but look at all the other pretty devices you can use it on.' Maybe they just wanted to rain on Nintendo's parade a little bit?
Sony will probably be hoping fans will just forget about the whole problem, but at least it's clear to said fans who's calling the shots on the matter. President and chief operating officer of Nintendo of America, Reggie Fils-Aime, told Polygon:
"You have companies like mine that encourage cross-play and enable cross-play. You have a developer and content owner that wants cross-play and is encouraging cross-play, and then you have the other platform holders and what it is that they do.
"That's a decision that each of them are making, and some are supporting cross-play and some are not."
In other words, Nintendo and Epic Games are totally down to for cross-play but Sony is having none of it. Hopefully the guys at PlayStation will soon realise that sharing is actually pretty cool, but we don't expect anything will be done about this any time soon.
Words by: Matthew McGladdery
Featured Image Credit: Epic Games