In case you missed it, earlier this week Epic Games released its insanely popular multiplayer shooter Fortnite on Nintendo Switch. Because the Switch version offers a much better portable version of the game than smartphones, some PlayStation 4 players attempted to carry over their Epic Games accounts to the Switch, only to met with the following error message:
Since Sony doesn’t offer cross-play with other versions of Fortnite, if you originally created your Epic Games account on a PS4, you can’t log into that account on another platform, including the Nintendo Switch. Naturally, this led to a backlash from the Fortnite community, putting Sony under pressure to respond to the controversy. Well, Sony issued a statement to BBC last night and it left much to be desired, to say the least:
“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 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.”
The statement does little to address the current issue players are facing, which is that if they originally started playing Fortnite on PS4, they can’t access their profiles or in-game purchases on other platforms. With the Switch version having been downloaded two million times less than 24 hours after launch and Fortnite’s player base climbing to 125 million this week, the problem is only going to get worse the longer Sony chooses to do nothing about it.