The phenomenon that is Fortnite has crossed 125 million players worldwide. Part of that success stems from their support for every major platform including it’s newest addition (the fastest selling Nintendo console of all time), the Switch.
If you play Fortnite on an Xbox One, PC or iOS device (iPhone – iPad) you can transfer your stats, purchased items and progression across all your devices via an Epic account. If you have ever played the game (even once) on a Sony PlayStation 4 though, your account is locked off from Xbox and Nintendo forever. Why? Because Sony says so.
This rule has been in place since the game’s launch and for a while didn’t rile up the community too much. Generally players choose an Xbox or a PS4 for their main console and both platforms support iOS so those who wanted to play mobile could. The problem now though is that a lot of people (20 million as of April) own a Nintendo Switch in addition to a PS4 or XBO console. If your other console is a PS4 you won’t be able to use your Fortnite account at all on Nintendo’s portable hybrid.
Understandably, players have been putting pressure on Sony via social media channels to change their rule and allow cross progression for their Epic account currently held hostage.
After 48 hours of chaos, Sony has made an official statement to the BBC and it’s grim.
Via the BBC:
“We’re always open to hearing what the PlayStation community is interested in to enhance their gaming experience,” it said.
“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.”
“We have nothing further to add beyond this at this point,”
Not a good response. Sony’s fear of Microsoft and Nintendo seems to be unmovable at this point. That said, public pressure usually caves in corporations so players who are affected need to stay on Sony’s social media channels and push hashtags that ask for account freedom. Hopefully it’s only a matter of time before they back down.