E3 2018: Sony Responds To Anger Over Fortnite Cross-Play Block

Fortnite is available on the Nintendo Switch starting today

Fortnite is available on the Nintendo Switch starting today

"According to a statement provided to BBC News, Sony insists that it's ".always open to hearing what the PlayStation community is interested in to enhance their gaming experience", though it hasn't offered any hint of resolution for console gamers hoping to play with others.

PlayStation thinks you have enough people to play games with already, so you can't possibly need cross-platform multiplayer to play with someone on Nintendo Switch or Xbox One.

During the Nintendo Treehouse live stream, the presenters of Super Mario Party announced that the game will include an online multiplayer mode that can be played with friends or the world wide community.

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The backlash was instant and so powerful that Sony felt compelled to not really say anything about it in an official statement. Yet many of those players soon faced a sad realization: Not only was there no cross-play with PlayStation 4 owners, but if they had used their Epic account for any game on Sony's console, there was no way for them to sign into it on the Switch. It appears that players can sign up for a Fortnite account and if they have done that on a PS4 they reported not being able to use that same account on the Nintendo Switch.

Complaints about the matter are already threatening to overshadow Sony's publicity efforts at the E3 video games show in Los Angeles. Despite a barrage of requests to explain the move from Fortnite players and journalists, Sony has refused explain the reasoning behind the move. Xbox One players have the same problem.

This controversy also comes alongside a slide in Sony's stock value.

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While creating a new Fortnite account is free, using one means giving up any earned skins, sprays, and emotes on your original account, and sacrificing progress on your current Battle Pass. Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aimé - who just yesterday argued that multi-platform games should start arriving faster on the Switch in the near future - responded to an interview by Bloomberg covering a range of important topics for Nintendo. "We believe being both developer-forward and fan-forward is in the best interest of the game".

Nintendo said the game can be played on-the-go or at home, per the Switch's main functionality as a portaable or a TV-based game console.

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