Fortnite on Switch’s Cross-Play Comes with A Big Asterisk
One of this year’s worst kept secrets in gaming was unveiled during today’s E3 Nintendo Direct, that everyone’s favorite Battle Royale hit Fortnite would be coming to Switch! Unfortunately, the experience is already being soured for players who have already made progress or connected their account to a Playstation 4.
Fans who have connected their Epic/Fortnite account to their Playstation are unable to log into their accounts on the Nintendo Switch version of the game that launched today. This is problematic as these players are unable to bring their progress and content over to the new platform, as well as all of the purchases they made with real-world money.
Accounts connected exclusively to Xbox and PC are still able to migrate all of their stuff over to Switch.
Naturally, fans have taken to Twitter to express their dismay with the issue, and pretty much all of the furor is directed at Sony, who has notoriously been blocking cross-play for multiple titles including Fortnite itself with Xbox players, and Rocket League.
.@PlayStation, fix this.
Not allowing me to sign-in to Fortnite Switch with my Epic account because it’s linked to PS4 is tone deaf and points more to fear than market dominance.
It does the opposite of what you want — it makes me think about moving to Xbox for Fortnite. pic.twitter.com/D9xqv9aWdF
— Greg Miller (@GameOverGreggy) June 12, 2018
Fortnite for Nintendo Switch has cross-play with all versions of the game… except for PS4.
In fact, you cannot use your Fortnite account on the Switch if it’s attached to your PS4.
Grow up, Sony.
— Ryan Brown 🎮 #E32018 (@Toadsanime) June 12, 2018
Wait @yosp … Sony is actually *blocking* us from using our Fortnite accounts on Switch? So my account that I use on PC, mobile and PS4 won’t work on my Switch because Sony isn’t allowing it? That is absolutely crazy and unacceptable and deeply anti-gamer. Why?
— Erik Kain (@erikkain) June 12, 2018
— orango bobungas (@igsaladsnake) June 12, 2018
Let us know what you think of the kerfuffle in the comments below, and be sure to keep up with all of COGconnected’s E3 coverage and gameplay impressions including the first details for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and what to expect from the Pokemon Let’s Go games!