Sony Faces Widespread Backlash Over Fortnite Nintendo Switch Debut

15 June, 2018, 14:13 | Author: Shawn Conner
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And less than 24 hours after it was released for the Nintendo Switch, another 2 million people downloaded it. Someone who started an Epic account on PS4 can not use that account on Xbox One or - and more important - the Nintendo Switch.

Nintendo of America's product marketing manager Bill Trinen, however, did say in a statement to Kotaku that we'll be hearing more about the game "later this year", so not all hope is lost. 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. But, once logged into a PS4 - Nintendo Switch and Xbox One are no longer platforms you can play on.

"We have nothing further to add beyond this at this point", a spokeswoman added.

This may not have surprised many Xbox One owners, though, given that Sony doesn't allow Fortnite account sharing between the Xbox and PlayStation platforms as well.

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Sony has finally spoken out about fan outcry over its restrictive practices regarding the popular video game Fortnite. These links leave Siliconera.

But the sheer scale of Fortnite's success means the backlash has the potential to be more damaging this time round. And if you want to use your Epic account to track your progress in Fortnite, well ... you can't - but why don't you just keep using your PlayStation 4.

Trying to log into the Switch edition of Fortnite with an account tied to the PS4 produces an error. Neither the Fortnite website nor Epic Customer Service are able to change this. (Unless keeping its console separate from the others becomes a deal-breaker with consumers, in which case even Sony might be persuaded to stop creating artificial boundaries along console lines between players.) Games will remain fragmented. Sony released a statement to BBC in an attempt to de-escalate the situation, but their response lacks any real information.

Sony falls short of admitting there is a problem but does make it clear that at least it offers cross-play on some platforms. And looking to create new accounts will rob them of time and money spent along the way to get them where they are, which is a very backward way of doing business, especially as the Switch is hardly the same league of competition when it comes to online titles at the moment for Sony. The game will even support GameCube controllers, a nod to people who play "Smash Bros." in competitive tournaments.

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