Microsoft announced for the first time support for the multiplatform game at E3 2016, but Sony has resisted admitting the games of PS4 and Xbox One. In a surprise announcement yesterday, Epic Games revealed that Fortnite will admit the cross-play and the Cross progression between PlayStation 4, PC, Mac, iOS and eventually the Android versions of the game. The Xbox One was suspiciously absent from the list, but Microsoft confirmed to The Verge that it is working with Epic Games to allow this in the future.
"We have worked closely with the Epic Games team for a while to bring this functionality to all current and future versions of Fortnite and hope it will be available on Xbox along with other platforms," says a Microsoft spokesman. "Microsoft has long been a leading voice in encouraging the adoption of multiplatform games and the potential to connect players through PCs, mobile devices and all consoles."
Cross-play at Fortnite will be opt-in for players
Microsoft does not specifically confirm that Fortnite players can cross-play between Xbox One and PS4, but it is clear that there will be cross-support for Xbox and other platforms. The cross-game feature of Fortnite will allow smart phone players to play against PC, PS4 or even Mac owners. The pairing between devices will be opt-in, and is designed primarily to allow groups of friends to play with each other, since Playing from your phone against an expert PC player will not be an experience in which you wish to participate regularly.
Sony has previously refused to allow cross-play between PS4 and Xbox One for Rocket League and Minecraft, even though Microsoft and Nintendo support it on Xbox One, PC and Switch. It seems that Fortnite could be the first title to enable this functionality, and previously we saw it enabled due to a "configuration problem" last year. Sony used a rather strange excuse not to allow cross play last year, and its position at Fortnite should pave the way for future games that allow console players to play against each other.