"Battle Royale" is continuing to expand its horizons and with this, more players will be allowed to compete with one another, as the developers have announced a cross-play among all current platforms of the game. This mode will support cross-play and cross progression (meaning your character remains constant on all supported platforms) between iOS, PlayStation 4, PC and Mac, with Android support coming at a later date.
"Microsoft has always been a leading voice in encouraging the adoption of cross-platform play and the potential of connecting players across PC, mobile and all consoles", a Microsoft representative said in an email to The Jolt Journal today. And in a statement to Kotaku, Microsoft placed the blame squarely on Sony, which is apparently blocking the ability for Xbox One to PS4 cross-play.
Could it be that because the PS4 has massively outsold the Xbox One, that Sony doesn't want to aid Microsoft game player counts? Spencer said at the time that he "would have liked to see them leave it on".
While Sony hasn't made a decision to speak up on the matter, Epic Games said in a blog post over the weekend that "We've been working together with them over the last several months to make this possible, and will bring this functionality to Fortnite players on Xbox right along with other platforms".
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A cross-play between both consoles is very feasible from a technical perspective, something that developers have been discussing for a long time. It's likely Epic will support various joypads and controllers on mobile too.
Sony hasn't stated publicly why they won't enable this functionality but one thing is clear, it's hurting the overall gaming community and putting PS4 players at an unnecessary disadvantage.
While announcing the mobile version, Epic talked of its vision for the game, saying, "We believe this is the future of games". That's also the case with the latest title to receive lots of cross-platform attention: Epic Games' Fortnite, and according to Microsoft, it's all Sony's fault. The same game on all platforms.
For the Fortnite, Microsoft requires a paid subscription to Xbox Live Gold in order to play.
Same gameplay, same map, same content, same weekly updates.