Fortnite developer Epic wanted to take Sony to court over Fortnite crossplay in between all platforms, CEO Tim Sweeney has actually exposed.
That's what Sweeney exposed as part of the continuous lawsuit in between Epic and Google. As part of this case, Epic's CEO took the stand to affirm about the business's position on open platforms, and how far he and Epic would want to go to get complete crossplay assistance on PlayStation. As the majority of you will remember, Sony wasn't a huge fan of crossplay till it lastly collapsed 2018, and revealed that it would enable Fortnite crossplay assistance with Xbox One and Switch. Remarkably enough, previously that year, Sony stated that having crossplay wasn't a "slam dunk no matter the size of the title".
As part of his testament in the Epic/Google case, Sweeney now supplied some insight into Epic's position in the matter if Sony would not have actually enabled crossplay. "We wanted to combat them in court if required," the Epic CEO stated. As covered by GamesIndustry.biz, this discussion was associated with a 2018 email that Sweeney sent out to Sony's Head of Global Partner Development and Relations at Sony Interactive Entertainment, Phil Rosenberg (then Senior Vice President, Head of Global Publisher and Developer Relations).
The email that Epic's CEO sent out checked out as follows: "Please notify Kodera-san, and please be clear, that Epic will make it possible for complete interoperability in between all platforms in Fortnite at a prompt point in the future ... we are prepared to pursue this course with all readily available resources, anywhere it leads us, and for nevertheless long."
Strong words from Sweeney. Thankfully, Sony relented at some point later on, and Fornite ended up being the very first video game to support crossplay in between complete cross-play in between mobile, PC, and all significant consoles. A number of months later on, crossplay for Rocket League was likewise made it possible for.