Published: Fri, June 15, 2018
Tech | By Anita Cain

Sony Responds to ‘Fortnite’ Account Controversy

Sony Responds to ‘Fortnite’ Account Controversy

I've reached out to Sony for a clarification specifically about blocking the Epic account on Switch and Xbox One, and I'll update this story with any new information. And it's horrendously bad, the kind of thing you would have your brother write for you as a sick note.

And, like always, Nintendo, Disney, and others have stolen the show by dropping release dates of games we have been itching for: Games like Kingdom Hearts 3, Fallout 76, and Super Smash Bros. are finally (!) available for preorder, with most being officially released in Fall 2018 and Winter 2019. Not only were fans excited that the popular battle royale title was coming to yet another platform, but many were hoping that would nudge Sony into the direction of cross-play since they are the only company halting that specific train. "Fortnite is already a huge hit with PS4 fans, offering a true free-to-play experience so gamers can jump in and play online".

"We have nothing further to add beyond this at this point", a spokeswoman added. It's completely non-commital and, ultimately, utterly arrogant. That isn't the case here, though, because you can play Fortnite with people on PS4, PC, iOS, and Android devices. Now, thanks to an announcement by Nintendo, it's now been confirmed that Epic will be bringing Fortnite to the Switch hardware with immediate effect. Switch and Xbox One users could play with each other, as well as PC users, but not with PS4 players. According to The Verge, Sony hasn't let its PlayStation 4 gamers compete against Switch players. This has caused problems this week for Fortnite fans because while most people don't bounce between PS4 and Xbox One, the hybrid home/handheld Switch system enables fundamentally different opportunities for play. Only time will tell if they will fix the locked accounts.

This is not the first time Sony has refused to work with Microsoft and Nintendo to support cross-play. The move is a seemingly untenable expansion of Sony's long-standing unwillingness to allow cross-platform play between the PS4 and other consoles, and it's drawing widespread ire among players. Other consoles, however, is where it draws the line.

Smash 4 added the option for "Omega" versions of every stage turning them into a Final Destination-style variant to add more competitively viable stages though making them essentially re-skins did not do anything for the game's balance or meta.

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