Ex Sony developer John Smedley, of Planetside 2, has spoken out against Sony in regards to the known issue of players being locked out of their Epic account on the Nintendo Switch version of Fortnite if they previously had played on the PS4. While not particularly surprising to anyone, the issue apparently to come down to money.
In a tweet that seems to have since been deleted, John Smedley states “BTW when I was at Sony, the stated reason internally for this was money. They didn’t like someone buying something on an Xbox and it being used on a PlayStation. Simple as that. Dumb reason, but there it is.” So it seems that that Sony doesn’t like the notion of other companies getting the handling fee from online purchases that would later be accessible on their console. While they have faced a fair amount of ciriticism since the issue came to light at E3 last week, Sony has failed to address the rising concern in any meaningful way. Their official statements reads:
“We’re always open to hearing what the PlayStation community is interested in to enhance their gaming experience. Fortnite is already a huge hit with PS4 fans, offering a true free-to-play experience so gamers can jump in and play online. With 79 million PS4s sold around the world and 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. We also offer Fortnite cross-play support with PC, Mac, iOS, and Android devices, expanding the opportunity for Fortnite fans on PS4 to play with even more gamers on other platforms.”
Despite the immediate backlash, Sony doesn’t seem to be interested in dropping the wall between their consoles and the others any time soon. Though John Smedley has encouraged the gaming community to continue to apply pressure to Sony, hoping that the rising outcry could result in a policy change.
Amidst the backlash, Nintendo and Microsoft aren’t holding back, letting the world know about their willingness to work togetherd:
A bit childish maybe, but it doesn’t take away from the fact that Sony is the odd one out. Following all the backlash, Minecraft announced they would be introducing cross-platform play between Xbox and the Switch. Your move Sony.
Author: Kevin “Otterpop” Kerr