E3 2018: Sony Responds To Anger Over Fortnite Cross-Play Block
"We're always open to hearing what the PlayStation community is interested in to enhance their gaming experience."
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Epic's massively popular battle royale game Fortnite launched for Nintendo Switch during E3 earlier this week, and like most other versions, it supports cross-play and cross-progression with PC, Xbox One, and iOS--but not PS4. As with Rocket League, Sony has faced criticism for blocking cross-play between the PS4 and other versions of Fortnite, and now the company has addressed the topic--although its response likely won't satisfy players.
"We're always open to hearing what the PlayStation community is interested in to enhance their gaming experience," a Sony representative said to the BBC. "Fortnite is already a huge hit with PS4 fans, offering a true free-to-play experience so gamers can jump in and play online.
"With 79 million PS4s sold around the world and 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."
Sony's PS4 has been the best-selling platform of its generation, but the company's response to the cross-play controversy completely skirts the issue and doesn't provide much hope that the company will reverse course. This is especially problematic for players who started playing Fortnite on PS4 and were hoping to continue on a different platform, as they can't carry any of their progress over.
Both Microsoft and Nintendo have been much more open to cross-play. A handful of titles, including Minecraft and the aforementioned Rocket League, allow players to carry their progress or compete against players on other platforms, leaving Sony as the sole major holdout.
Despite being available on Switch for only a couple of days, Fortnite has already surpassed 2 million downloads on the console and reached a staggering 125 million players between all platforms. We tried out the new Switch version of Fortnite and found it has all of the features you would expect of the game, although its framerate has taken a hit.