Fortnite Backlash Grows After Sony Issues Unapologetic Statement
Epic Games recently made the announcement during the Nintendo Direct at E3 2018 that Fortnite was coming to the Nintendo Switch… about a half hour after the presentation. Upon the masses taking to their portable consoles to download the mega-popular Battle Royale title, some were met with something that didn’t provide the joy video games are meant to. Turns out those coming from PlayStation 4 would be blocked from bringing their Epic accounts and progression with them. More on that here.
After a couple days of sitting on it, Sony finally issued their response. However, when most were expecting some form of an apology, Team Blue decided that wasn’t the best route to take. Instead, they chose to boast about their massive community (on PS4) and that they do offer cross-play support for other platforms.
In a statement to the BBC, Sony said, “We’re always open to hearing what the PlayStation community is interested in to enhance their gaming experience. With… 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. We have nothing further to add beyond this at this point.”
Naturally, people aren’t having any of that. Fortnite fans are chiming in on Twitter, and basically accusing Sony of not caring about their players. Here are some of the best reactions:
PlayStation users: I want to play online games with my friends, and I really don't want to buy an Xbox or Switch in order to do so.
Sony: Take solace in the fact that we have sold 80 million PS4s.
You'd think I'm joking, but they literally said to find new friends on PSN.
— Burt Macklin (@burt_macclin) June 14, 2018
— Jeremy Conrad (@ManaByte) June 14, 2018
I wonder if Sony thinks the Fortnite backlash will go away, which would consequently make me wonder if Sony’s heard of Fortnite.
— Jim Sterling (@JimSterling) June 14, 2018
Meanwhile at Sony…
— Darren McCarthy (@TheDazeel) June 14, 2018
On the flip side of the situation, Nintendo has responded to the growing Fortnite backlash, throwing a rather decent amount of shade at Sony. Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime recently stated the following:
“In fairness, there are three different things going on. You have companies like mine that encourage cross-play and enable cross-play. You have a developer and content owner that wants cross-play and is encouraging cross-play, and then you have the other platform holders and what it is that they do.
And when it comes to other platform holders, as much as you have influence on other platform holders, I don’t. And that’s a decision that each of them are making, and some are supporting cross-play and some are not.”
What all of this boils to do is this: Sony should reconsider their stance on cross-platform play. Whether Fortnite is the game to make that happen remains to be seen, but there is one thing that can get the job done – the consumer. Sony says they are open to hearing what the community has to say, so get out there and let your voices be heard if you believe change needs to happen.
Fortnite is currently available on PC, PlayStation 4, Switch, Xbox One, and iOS devices. The Android port is expected to arrive at some point this Summer, but no concrete release date has been given as of now. Keep it tuned to Don’t Feed the Gamers as this story develops, and for other gaming news going on right now, check out the following:
- Rocksteady Studios Address Their Absence From E3 2018
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What say you, gamers? Do you find Sony’s position on the subject to be ridiculous? Is their response to the Fortnite backlash appropriate, or do you believe they have quite a bit of work to do? Sound off in the comments section below, and be sure to follow DFTG on Twitter for live gaming and entertainment news 24/7!
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Eric is an editor and writer for Don't Feed the Gamers. When he is not staring at a computer screen filled with text, he is usually staring at a computer screen filled with controllable animations. Today's youth call this gaming. He also likes to shoot things. With a camera, of course.