The Switch version offers cross-platform play and cross-platform progression with Xbox One, PC, Mac, and mobile devices. However, as players soon learned, Epic Games accounts linked to Fortnite on PS4 cannot carry over to the Switch version of Epic's popular battle royale title.
Acknowledging that Sony's choices regarding cross-platform play are theirs to make, Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime explained Nintendo's commitment to cross-play comes from wanting to embrace the developer's vision.
"We embrace working with a developer and enabling them to bring their vision to life," Fils-Aime said. "And whether that's Fortnite, whether that's a number of the other games that have cross-platform play on our console, from a developer standpoint that's what we want. And we work hard with them to bring that to life.
"What competitors do is their decision to make. We believe being both developer-forward and fan-forward is in the best interest of the game."
Cross-platform play, and Sony's apparent reticence to incorporate it with direct competitors, cropped up at E3 2017. Last year, Psyonix's Jeremy Dunham commented on the importance of cross-platform play to the industry in light of Rocket League's frequent adoption of the capability.
Sony's Jim Ryan defended PlayStation's lack of cross-play for Minecraft and Rocket League last year, while Xbox responded to Sony's concern about player safety in regard to cross-platform play.
IGN has reached out to Sony regarding the Epic Games account issue on Nintendo Switch and will update this story should they respond.
Fils-Aime also spoke to IGN at E3 2018 about how well Fortnite has performed on Switch in its first day.
Jonathon Dornbush is IGN's News Editor who loves being able to play with his friends whatever platform they play on. Even if it's the Nokia N-Gage. Talk to him on Twitter @jmdornbush.
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