Sony Mired in Controversy in 'Fortnite' Nintendo Switch Debacle

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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.

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. 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.

While it certainly has the numbers to sustain a good experience for its paid PlayStation Network subscribers, it's doing a disservice to games and their communities in the long run with its anti cross-platform position. "We have nothing further to add beyond this at this point".

Microsoft's been getting a bad rap lately for not having the kind of exclusive games on the Xbox One that Sony has with the PlayStation 4.

Complaints about the matter are already threatening to overshadow Sony's publicity efforts at the E3 video games show in Los Angeles. These links leave Siliconera.

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On PS4 - "The Epic account you tried to link cannot play on the platform".

"This Fortnite account is associated with a platform which does not allow it to operate on Switch". Neither the Fortnite website nor Epic Customer Service are able to change this. And while it's out and it's excellent on Nintendo's handheld, there's one thing fans are still bitter about, and it's Sony's cross-play policy. (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. They are even angrier that Sony never warned them that they could be locked out of playing on the Switch.

"We embrace working with a developer and enabling them to bring their vision to life", Nintendo president Reggie Fils-Aime said to IGN.

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.