Today, Nintendo announced during its E3 press conference that Epic Games smash hit Fortnite would be coming to the Switch console. Not only that, but the game is arriving today at 1PM ET on the Switch digital store. Given that Fortnite is a free-to-play game that is played entirely online and supports accounts syncing, that raises some interesting questions about whether Switch players will be able to cross-play with those on other platforms. When asked, Epic Games PR representative Nick Chester confirmed on Twitter that the Switch version of Fortnite will support cross-play with Xbox One, PC, Mac, and mobile. Basically, youll be able to play with everyone but PlayStation 4 players. That aligns with past cross-play implementations between Xbox One, PS4, PC, and mobile, with Sony blocking other console platforms from playing with its own. You can cross-play between PS4, mobile, and PC. Xbox One, PC, Mac, and mobile. Unfortunately, this also suggests that PS4 players of Fortnite wont be able to log in to their Epic accounts on the Switch, meaning you wont be able to have any weekly progress carry over or gain access to any of your skins or emotes. This is because your Epic account is tied up with your PSN username in most cases. For instance, you cant log in to an Epic account tied to PSN on the Xbox One version of Fortnite, and it sounds like the same will be true for the Switch. Epic declined to comment, but weve reached out to Sony for more clarification on the subject. Even just trying to sync an Xbox Live account to a PSN-connected Epic one will show you this message: If youre wondering why this is happening and what advantage it may provide Sony, it involves understanding how console exclusivity works. Basically, Sony sees its current lead in the console race as a competitive advantage to exploit, and any amount of leeway it sees as an existential threat to the PlayStation platforms dominance. Allowing players of multiplatform games who are using an Xbox One — or, in this case, a Nintendo Switch — to play with PS4 players undermines the reason the Sony ecosystem is so strong. Sony sells more consoles because it knows it has the largest player base, and those consumers in the market for a new home console are more likely to pick Sonys if they know its the platform of choice for their friends and if it remains the only way to team up with their friends on games like Fortnite. This is why Sony blocked Fortnite cross-play with the Xbox One earlier this year and why the company blocked Rocket League and Minecraft PS4-Xbox One cross-play last year. Last year, Sony gave a poor excuse for this strategy, dressing up its tactics as pro-consumer and even pro-children. Jim Ryan, head of global sales and marketing for PlayStation, told Eurogamer, Exposing what in many cases are children to external influences we have no ability to manage or look after, its something we have to think about very carefully. Since Sony was called out for that statement, Microsoft has become increasingly agreeable on the subject of cross-platform console play, releasing strategic public statements about how open it is to reaching some sort of compromise. Weve worked closely with Nintendo to allow cross-network play between Xbox One and Switch and our offer to do the same with PlayStation players still holds, a Microsoft spokesperson said back in March, when the initial Fortnite cross-play debacle began. (That said, if Microsoft were winning the console race, itd have been doing the same as Sony.) Of course, you could always just switch over to PC, where you have more freedom to log in and play on any other platform. But for those players who started playing Fortnite on PSN and have tied that account and all of their in-app purchases to Epics system — like yours truly — youre out of luck.
Sony is blocking Fortnite cross-play and progression between the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch, and Fortnite fans are furious. Hundreds of Fortnite fans are reacting angrily on the Resetera forums and Reddit after learning that you cant use a Fortnite account thats been used on the PS4 with the Nintendo Switch. This means that any progress, skins, and purchases cant be shared between PS4 and Nintendo Switch, so the dream of playing Fortnite at home on a PS4 and then using the same account on the go on Nintendo Switch is truly dead. This Fortnite account is associated with a platform which does not allow it to operate on Switch, explains a message on the Switch version of the game if you attempt to log in with an Epic Games account that has been used on the PS4. While there are options to decouple a PlayStation account from an Epic Games account, Fortnite players are warning that this doesnt fix the problems. It appears the only option for PS4 players wanting to use the Nintendo Switch Fortnite version is to create a new Epic Games account. Fuck you, Sony, says one commenter on Resetera. Because I played on a PS4 (on an account that I mainly play on PC, and is cross-platform compatible with the Switch), I cant play on Switch. I would gladly un-link my PS4 from my account if it meant I could play on Switch. Another over on Reddit describes Sony holding Fortnite skins hostage in 2018 as an actual joke. Reddit PlayStation fans are appealing to Sony to change its mind, and the replies to Sony on Twitter show the frustration is boiling over. Greg Miller at Kinda Funny is equally annoyed by Sonys move, while Microsofts Xbox UK account is making light of the situation. . @PlayStation, fix this. 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. It does the opposite of what you want -- it makes me think about moving to Xbox for Fortnite. Fortnite fans have every right to be angry about this messy situation; its anti-consumer and comes from an arrogant position of market dominance in the current-gen console market. Sony is selling a lot of PlayStation 4 consoles, and its exploiting that advantage to block any threats to it selling more. This isnt the first time Sony has blocked cross-play and progression, either. Microsoft revealed back in March that Sony has been blocking Fortnite cross-play between PS4 and Xbox One, and Sony has previously blocked cross-play between PS4 and Xbox One for both Rocket League and Minecraft, despite Microsoft and Nintendo both supporting it across Xbox One, PC, and Switch. Sonys prior excuses for blocking PlayStation and Xbox cross-platform play have been hostile and stupid, and the company has not commented on the reasons behind the Xbox One and Switch Fortnite block. The reaction to the latest Nintendo Switch block has been particularly fierce, though, and Sony might finally be forced to explain to gamers why the company that says its for the players isnt letting people play the way they want.