Sony is doubling down on their stance to not allow console crossplay, or progression, in Fortnite.
PC, Mac, Mobile, Xbox and Nintendo Switch all allow crossplay and shared Epic accounts.
When asked about the possibility of allowing cross platform Fortnite, Sony CEO Kenichiro Yoshida said the following:
On cross-platform, our way of thinking is always that PlayStation is the best place to play. Fortnite, I believe, partnered with PlayStation 4, is the best experience for users. That’s our belief.
Unfortunately for Yoshida, he did not stop there.
But actually, we already opened some games as cross-platform with PC and some others, so we decide based on what is the best user experience. That is our way of thinking for cross-platform.
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Yoshida’s head-scratching ‘best user experience’ response conflicted with the comments of Sean Layden, the president and CEO of Sony’s Interactive Entertainment branch in America, who admitted it was a business decision while speaking with Eurogamer.
“We’re looking at a lot of the possibilities. You can imagine that the circumstances around that affect a lot more than just one game. I’m confident we’ll get to a solution which will be understood and accepted by our gaming community, while at the same time supporting our business.”
Sony’s policy further upset players because signing into an Epic account on a PlayStation 4 would lock it from being used on Nintendo Switch or Xbox One.
Things like Fortnite skins and Battle Pass content earned on other consoles can not be used on PlayStation, even though Epic accounts can be shared across Xbox One and Switch. Sony did not warn players that their accounts could be locked when attempting to sign into other platforms.
Epic Games, the developers of Fortnite, have not commented on Sony’s crossplay stance.