With Fortnite Battle Royale now officially available on all major platforms, including PlayStation 4, Xbox One, mobile, and Nintendo Switch, players have more than one way to play the shooter. Well, as long as their account wasn’t created on PlayStation 4.
With Fortnite‘s recent surprise E3 arrival on Switch, many seasoned players decided to try linking their current accounts to Nintendo’s platform. However, those with PlayStation 4 accounts were hit with an error message that informed them to create a new one for Switch. Following the confusion, Epic Games has confirmed cross-platform play, including all items and progression purchased on a player’s account, is only available between Xbox One, Switch, and mobile, which means PlayStation 4 players are out of luck.
Despite numerous reports and many frustrated players reaching out to Sony, the company hasn’t officially responded to the issue. While it was briefly believed Nintendo had a hand in the account blocks, president Reggie Fils-Aime told IGN that cross-platform play was an option the company wanted, but “what competitors do is their decision to make.” In turn, it appears Sony is the holdout.
This decision might send players running from the platform, especially considering the new Switch port seems to be a popular way to enjoy Fortnite, as it has already been downloaded over two million times. It’s unclear if or when PlayStation will address the problem, but for now, PlayStation 4 owners that want to jump into the game on Switch will have to make a new account and start from scratch. However, the good news for Switch players is voice party chat is available without the use of Nintendo’s smartphone app.
Fortnite Battle Royale is available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and mobile.