Sony's behavior is even more infuriating because progression and paid items can not be transferred from the PlayStation 4 to the Nintendo Switch or Xbox One. Up until today, Sony has largely kept quiet on the matter, but it has finally broken its silence in a statement to the BBC.
Fortnite launched on Switch with a whopping 2 million downloads in less than 24 hours, but fans heavily criticized Sony for "locking" Fortnite accounts on PS4, disabling them to be used on Switch. Many posts on Reddit saw players getting angry about the so-called "cross-play" problem.
But the move leaves Fortnite players with the feeling that they are being punished because Sony views the success of the Switch as a threat to the PlayStation 4's dominance of the current generation of consoles.
If you happen to be a Switch hardware owner or would be willing to purchase one of Nintendo's consoles purely to play Fortnite, then you can expect to be able to get the game with Switch compatibility immediately as of 10:00AM PST.
Not only did Sony did not acknowledge the hottest console out there, which happens to be the Switch right now, but it also did not provide any insight into what would make cross-play impossible between the PS4 and the Switch. It did... um, boast about how many people use PlayStation Network, though?
"Fortnite is absolutely massive and it's only going to get bigger - it's about to come to Android - so Sony has got to start thinking about its closed-garden ecosystem". The slightly disappointing news is that it doesn't appear that Fortnite for Switch will contain any Nintendo-specific content. "To play "Fortnite" on Switch, please create a new account".
When I talked about the problem with Sony not backing down with cross-play past year with Minecraft (when even Apple and Nintendo were on board), most people laughed it off - "why would Sony work with their arch rival Microsoft and benefit them?" they said. "Fortnite is already a huge hit with PS4 fans, offering a true free-to-play experience so gamers can jump in and play online". Perhaps the Sony rep who crafted the above statement should consider a second career in politics.