Fortnite launched on the Nintendo Switch today, and that version of the game can play against folks on iOS, Mac, Windows PC and Xbox One. The problem is that using a Fortnite account that has been used on the PlayStation 4 will keep you from using that account on the Switch, and an account that has been used on the Switch can’t be played on the PS4.
If you’ve played on PS4, the Switch version will give you the following error message: “This Fortnite account is associated with a platform which does not allow it to operate on Switch.”
If you’ve played on Switch, the PS4 version will give you this error message: “The Epic Account you tried to link can not play on this platform.”
This is an unprecedented limitation in an industry that’s only becoming more open, and a decision that’s actively hostile to players.
This is the error message we received when we tried to connect an Epic Games account to the Switch that has also been played on the PS4:
“This Fortnite account is associated with a platform which does not allow it to operate on Switch,” the error message states. “Neither the Fortnite website nor Epic Customer Service are able to change this. To play Fortnite on Switch, please create a new account.”
A similar issue popped up when we used a brand-new account that has been played on the PC and Switch, and tried to play on the PS4. The account was similarly locked out:
“The Epic account you tried to link can not play on the platform,” the error message states. “Please try a different Epic account, or visit our help website for more information.”
Creating a new account is a trivial thing, but it’s ridiculous to be forced to lose your progress and access to the Battle Pass you’ve already paid for. Not to mention the fact that this means progress on the Switch won’t be carried over to your actual account. Progress matters a great deal while playing Fortnite, and players are already furious about being locked out of the Switch version of the game after playing on the PlayStation 4.
We’ve contacted both Epic Games and Sony for comment, and have yet to hear back at the time of publication. For now, be very careful about which consoles you use to play using your Fortnite account if you hope to play with that account on the Nintendo Switch or PS4.