Sony faces a rising Fortnite backlash at E3 2018

Avatar By Le Williams | 2 years ago

Sony receives major reactions from gamers after the discovery of significant restraint in the use of their Fortnite account on the newly released Nintendo Switch edition subsequent to PlayStation console use.

The limitation prevents Fortnite account users from being able to make use of outfits and other in-game purchases and rewards they had accrued. Gamers were previously unable to share a Fortnite account between Microsoft and Sony’s platforms.

Sony has yet to confirm it is responsible for the constraint, but it issued the following statement to the BBC.

“We’re always open to hearing what the PlayStation community is interested in to enhance their gaming experience,” it said.

Notably, there is no such limitation when moving between the Xbox One and Switch.

Complaints about the matter are already threatening to overshadow Sony’s publicity efforts at the E3 video games show in Los Angeles.

“Sony has got to be very careful about how it manages the situation,” Samantha Loveridge, associate editor of GamesRadar+ told the BBC.

“Fortnite is absolutely massive and it’s only going to get bigger – it’s about to come to Android – so Sony has got to start thinking about its closed-garden ecosystem.

“One way or another, gamers deserve an explanation as to why this compatibility issue exists.”

Notwithstanding, Sony allows compatibility with the PC and iOS versions of the game, indicating that the Xbox/Switch block it is a strategic choice rather than a technical impossibility.