For PlayStation 4 Fortnite players wanting to try it out on their Nintendo Switch, you'll need to make a new account. Players were notified about Fortnite's release to the Switch today during Nintendo's E3 2018 edition of Nintendo Direct with the game becoming available on the Nintendo eShop at 10am PST. However, when PlayStation users tried to sign-in to Fortnite on their Switch they were greeted with an error message stating that they can’t use an Epic account associated with PlayStation.
Incase you're thinking about unlinking your Epic account from PlayStation to get around this, don't. As unlinking your account will not unlock your account to "restricted platforms."
Sony need a kick up the backside to be more consumer friendly— RODEO THE MONONOFU (@socialanigirl) June 12, 2018
I can’t use my Epic account with Fortnite on Switch, because I have a PSN account linked
Unlinking it won’t fix it, I’ll need a new account.
Losing all progress
Because Sony lock this option out pic.twitter.com/0SJ10EPm7w
Wait @yosp ... Sony is actually *blocking* us from using our Fortnite accounts on Switch? So my account that I use on PC, mobile and PS4 won't work on my Switch because Sony isn't allowing it? That is absolutely crazy and unacceptable and deeply anti-gamer. Why?— Erik Kain (@erikkain) June 12, 2018
See more related tweets on our Twitter Moment: Sony Blocks PS4 Associated Fortnite Accounts From Nintendo Switch
A Change.org petition(Archive) has been set up as a result with the petition's creator stating, "I understand that there are much bigger issues in the world, but I do not understand why Sony cannot make Fortnite cross platform on the multiplayer version of the game. On top of that if you ever sign into the PlayStation network you are unable to transfer your data from PS4 to the switch version or the Xbox version. This seems like a desperate plea to keep gamers spending money in the PlayStation store as opposed to doing the right thing and letting players decide which console they want to play on. I feel that this is something that Sony could easily alleviate and would probably stop me from spending anymore money and outright selling all of my Sony products. Hopefully, we can get enough signatures to garner some attention from Sony on something that they should do for their customers. Because that’s what we are, customers and if their is anything I learned in my time in customer service is that they are alway right. Please share this petition across all social media platforms to let our voices be heard."
As of publication, PlayStation hasn't responded to our request for comment nor released a public statement addressing the situation.
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