Sony Issues Statement on Fortnite Controversy Amid Backlash

22 Junio, 2018, 00:52 | Author: Misty Newman
  • Above Epic can’t fix

No Xbox One, no Switch.

Not being able to play with PS4 owners is a bit of a bummer. Though the error message you receive when you try to log into Fortnite on Switch with a PS4-associated Epic account squarely puts the blame on the platform itself (in other words, Sony), it's odd that unlinking your PSN account doesn't even fix it. This also isn't the first instance of Sony preventing cross-play in popular games. To make matters even worse, Epic Games "accidentally" enabled Fortnite PS4/Xbox One cross-play with the flip of a switch one day and it took people a full day to even notice. There could be any number of reasons why: Sony could be anxious that PS4 owners will jump ship if they can play with their friends on other consoles.

However, it may have been better if the company kept its silence.

In fact, it makes the entire thing a bit of a farce, especially since most companies have made it a breeze to play Fortnite on every platform now out there.

"I get the business side of it, and I'm not going to judge anybody else making their decisions because they've got to run their business..." Or console gamers' aim assist could overcompensate and put the PC players at a disadvantage. The same can be said for PC players or those on iOS. Nintendo is also not forgetting about its 3DS gamers and have discounted a bunch of 3DS games. Do you think Sony's response is fair? People are getting locked out of their stuff on a platform that uses the slogan "this is for the players". 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.

Fortunately, the change is simple and does not in any way detract from the excellent performance that Epic's game is having on the "Big N" hybrid. However, not all fans managed to happily jump into their portable Battle Royale as Reddit reported problems with the Fortnite PS4-Switch account block. 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. The incompatibility works in reverse as well-Epic accounts previously associated with the Switch or Xbox One can't be used on the PS4 version.

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An unexpected bump in the road came for fans that downloaded the free to play version of Fortnite. And for us we want to continue driving both of those platforms.

This leaves us with two major takeaways. Sony, who also blocked cross-platform play with their system and the Xbox, made a decision to block the Switch as well. Sure, at least some of the fragments can be put together, but true "play anywhere" capability still doesn't exist. In terms of other services, the conversations are on-going.

Fils-Aimé started by commenting on the lineup of upcoming Switch games, as some followers were concerned with the lack of major titles shown at E3. The game mechanic of buying something that you're not sure what's inside is as old as baseball cards. Sony's policy is so ludicrously anti-consumer that even long-standing PlayStation fans might be tempted to move to another platform.

That's a great response to a question nobody asked.

However, the statement does suggest that Sony will pay close attention to what its community has to say about the issue.


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