UPDATE: Sony issued a statement to media about this saying they are “always open” to hear PlayStation gamers feedback, but that they “have nothing further to add” at this point.
“We’re always open to hearing what the PlayStation community is interested in to enhance their gaming experience. 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.”
Earlier today, Fortnite officially debuted on the Nintendo Switch — free to play and download for all fans. It was confirmed by Epic Games that players on Nintendo Switch can play with Xbox One, PC, Mac, and iOS users and even have their progression transfer between those platforms.
What about PlayStation 4? Sony is once again blocking cross play. PlayStation 4 players can only play with PC, Mac, and iOS users and not between consoles. Even worse, Sony is apparently locking Epic Games accounts to only work on PS4, PC, Mac, and iOS versions of Fortnite.
If you try to use an Epic account linked to PlayStation Network to log in to Fortnite on Nintendo Switch, you are greeted by an error message stating that the account cannot be used, and there is nothing that Epic can do to fix it — you have to create a new account. Fans are also reporting that you cannot even unlink your PSN account and then try, you must create a new account entirely, meaning all of you progression and battle pass purchases are not available on the Switch.
There’s no indication as to why PlayStation keeps doing this. Xbox has been open and allowed cross platform with the Switch for many games, beyond Fortnite, while PlayStation continues to refuse to allow it.
Epic has not issued an update. Sony has not commented on this yet either.