Epic Accidentally Enables Cross-Platform Play For Fortnite, Quickly Disables Feature

An oversight by Epic allowed zombie slayers on PS4 and Xbox to survive side-by-side in Fortnite


For a short while yesterday, Fornite players on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 were able to take up arms together to combat the zombie menace.

Unfortunately, it turns out this wasn’t the first step in Microsoft and Sony’s efforts to bridge the gap between their player bases through cross-platform play. Instead, it turns out this was a mere oversight by developer Epic Games, who mistakenly enabled the feature for several hours before realizing the mistake. “We had a configuration issue and it has now been corrected,” an Epic representative said in a statement to The Verge.

Obviously, many fans would have liked to have seen the feature remain enabled, including Xbox boss Phil Spencer, who said in a tweeted response that he would have preferred to see the feature left on permanently.

Recently, Microsoft has been open to the idea of cross-platform play between Xbox One and PlayStation 4 owners. However, Sony has been reluctant to adopt the idea, showing an obvious desire to instead further increase their sizable install base by encouraging people to adopt PlayStation 4 in order to play with others on the platform. While this makes perfect sense from a business standpoint, this SNAFU with Fortnite serves as a bitter reminder of just how easy it would be to implement this feature between Sony and Microsoft’s online infrastructures.

So, would you like to see Micosoft and Sony enable cross-platform play in all of their releases? Be sure to let us know in the comments section.

Frank has been the caffeine-fueled evil overlord of HeyPoorPlayer since 2008. He speaks loudly and carries a big stick to keep the staff of the HPP madhouse in check. A collector of all things that blip and beep, he has an extensive collection of retro consoles and arcade machines crammed into his house. Currently playing: Dodonpachi Dai-Ou-Jou (Arcade), Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove (Switch), Neo Turf Masters (Neo Geo)

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