Sony is finally backing down on their anti cross-play stance starting with Fortnite.
In a post on the PlayStation Blog, John Kodera, President and Global CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment said that “following a a comprehensive evaluation process, SIE has identified a path toward supporting cross-platform features for select third party content.”
“The first step,” continued Kodera, “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.”
The cross-play debate was set in motion earlier this year when Fortnite was released on Nintendo Switch during E3. Fans quickly discovered the bad news: if you had played a single game of Fortnite on PS4, you couldn’t carry over your existing account to Nintendo Switch. All your skins, dances, and battle pass progress was locked behind Sony’s wall.
“Today, the communities around some games have evolved to the point where cross-platform experiences add significant value to players,” Kodera explained. “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.”
Epic Games was commented on the situation and told players what they can expect in the coming months. Players will be able to unlink a console from a Fortnite account in the coming days, and in November, an update will be released that will players to merge accounts if they created a secondary account to play on another platform.
For many years, people have dreamed of being able to play with their friends on rival consoles. Today, that dream is finally a reality.