For those that are playing Fortnite on Nintendo Switch, you will soon be able to enjoy cross-platform play in the free-to-play battle royale game with those on PlayStation 4.
That means that you can now leap from the battle bus to compete for a Victory Royale with friends, family and other players from around the world – regardless of whether they are playing on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, iOS or Android.
That, of course, has largely been the case in Fortnite for a long while, with one notable absentee. But today, Sony has announced “a major policy change” where they will support cross-platform play in “select third-party content.”
Before now, they had been resistant to letting those on PlayStation 4 play with competing platforms, although some games, such as Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, had merged the console’s player base with PC. That policy has now changed, which we can all agree is a positive move.
“Following a comprehensive evaluation process, SIE has identified a path toward supporting cross-platform features for select third-party content. We recognize that PS4 players have been eagerly awaiting an update, and we appreciate the community’s continued patience as we have navigated through this issue to find a solution,” Sony Interactive Entertainment president and global CEO John Kodera explained.
“The first step will be an open beta beginning today for Fortnite that will allow for cross-platform gameplay, progression and commerce across PlayStation 4, Android, iOS, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, and Mac operating systems. We see the beta as an opportunity to conduct thorough testing that ensures cross-platform play is best on PlayStation, while being mindful about the user experience from both a technical and social perspective.
“For 24 years, we have strived to deliver the best gaming experience to our fans by providing a uniquely PlayStation perspective. Today, the communities around some games have evolved to the point where cross-platform experiences add significant value to players. In recognition of this, we have completed a thorough analysis of the business mechanics required to ensure that the PlayStation experience for our users remains intact today, and in the future, as we look to open up the platform.
“This represents a major policy change for SIE, and we are now in the planning process across the organization to support this change. We will update the community once we have more details to share, including more specifics regarding the beta timeframe, and what this means for other titles going forward.”