Sony Crushes Cross-Play Dreams For 'Fortnite'


Fortnite is now on the Nintendo Switch as well, so players can start enjoying perks and more add-ons like these in the future. For us, its one of many mechanics we can use to drive on-going engagement in the game.It's getting some very strong support by a dedicated handheld business here in the Americas.

Whether this means that loot boxes or a similar mechanic will find their way into upcoming Switch titles is something we'll see, but Nintendo isn't certainly isn't averse to the idea. Despite a barrage of requests to explain the move from Fortnite players and journalists, Sony has refused explain the reasoning behind the move.

That's likely of little solace to PS4 players who want to take the game on the go with their Switch and who received no previous warning that playing on Sony's system would effectively hold their account hostage to that console for all time.

But the appeal of the Switch is that its portable nature allows owners to play when away from home, and so many have bought it as a second games machine.

The other major takeaway is that Sony might have too much power regarding accounts for outside services. The incompatibility works in reverse as well-Epic accounts previously associated with the Switch or Xbox One can't be used on the PS4 version. 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. Whichever way you slice it, Sony's stance on this is, rightly or wrongly, landing it in hot water, and the above statement will nearly certainly add fuel to the fire rather than extinguish it. If you've never played Fortnite, you really shouldn't start on the PS4.

Brandwatch has released their report on this year's E3 which measures the popularity of each company's conference and video game titles by studying social media reactions to events as they unfold. Fortnite is already a huge hit with PS4 fans, offering a true free-to-play experience so gamers can jump in and play online.

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