Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
IT | By Lester Massey

Sony Shares Slide Following Community Backlash Over Fortnite Cross-Platform Issues

Sony Shares Slide Following Community Backlash Over Fortnite Cross-Platform Issues

If you happen to be a Switch hardware owner or would be willing to purchase one of Nintendo's consoles purely to play Fortnite, then you can expect to be able to get the game with Switch compatibility immediately as of 10:00AM PST.

There is no such limitation when moving between the Xbox One and Switch.

The news that Switch owners who have previously played Fortnite on PS4 can not transfer their progress to Nintendo's machine has triggered a backlash against the Japanese electronics company, with shares falling 2 percent.

So when the game launched on the Nintendo platform on Tuesday, many people found out that Sony was blocking them from using their third-party account outside of the PlayStation ecosystem. "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 have nothing further to add beyond this at this point", a spokeswoman added.

Fortnite players wishing to play the newly released Switch version of the game have discovered that their Epic Games accounts are being blocked if they ever played the game on a PlayStation 4. But this doesn't come as much of a surprise: Other games that bridge the gap between consoles, like Paladins, Minecraft, etc., also support Nintendo and Microsoft's consoles but not Sony's.

While creating a new Fortnite account is free, using one means giving up any earned skins, sprays, and emotes on your original account, and sacrificing progress on your current Battle Pass.


Complaints about the matter are already threatening to overshadow Sony's publicity efforts at the E3 video games show in Los Angeles.

Fortnite on the Switch can talk to the versions on PC and Xbox, but not the PS4 edition.

This controversy also comes alongside a slide in Sony's stock value.

"One way or another, gamers deserve an explanation as to why this compatibility issue exists". Gamers started to express their frustration.

"What competitors do is their decision to make", says Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo's North America chief, in a statement to IGN.

"What we believe at Nintendo is that a gameplay mechanic that offers the consumer something to buy that they're not sure what's inside can be interesting as long as that's not the only way you can get those items".

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