FORTNITE bosses have confirmed that Xbox and PlayStation gamers won’t be able to play with each other after all.
Epic Games recently suggested that cross-play for the multiplayer game across the two consoles might be coming, but it now seems that won’t be the case.
Just last week, the game’s creator said it was working on cross-play for the Xbox One, PS4, PC, and the new Android and iOS mobile versions of Fortnite Battle Royale.
And that statement remains true, but only partially so.
It seems that Xbox One players and PlayStation 4 players will be able to play with other platforms – but not each other.
This disappointing news was revealed by Epic Games’ Nick Chester in a post to Twitter.
To clarify a bit: Xbox One players can play with PC, Mac, and mobile.
PlayStation 4 players can play with PC, Mac, and mobile.
— Nick Chester (@nickchester) March 10, 2018
“To clarify a bit: Xbox One players can play with PC, Mac, and mobile,” Nick explained.
“PlayStation 4 players can play with PC, Mac, and mobile.”
There’s no technical reason why Xbox and PS4 players wouldn’t be able to play with each other, but it seems like Sony may be at fault here.
On Twitter, a user messaged Microsoft’s Head of Xbox Phil Spencer about how they’d like to see Xbox One and PS4 get cross-play.
In response, Phil said: “Me 2.”
— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) March 10, 2018
And then Epic Games responded through its Fortnite Twitter account with “We 3”.
— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) March 11, 2018
Sony has long resisted cross-play for several games, including Rocket League and Minecraft.
But Microsoft may also be tempted to avoid cross-play for Fortnite, given how the very similar battle royale game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is an Xbox console exclusive.
Epic Games seems very supportive of the idea (unsurprisingly) however.
In a recent statement, the company said it was striving for “same gameplay, same map, same content, same weekly updates” across gaming platforms.
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“We believe this is the future of games. The same game on all platforms. Console quality graphics and action,” the company added.
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