Fortnite made a huge part of platform games when launched on Nintendo Switch under E3, and essentially outperform Sony as the only platform holders who do not really want to play ball. You think the biggest game on earth right now would use the pressure needed to make them change their policies, but in the weeks since Sony has not shown any interest in it. But what about a mega publisher who uses the same type of press? During a earnings call last week, EA was asked about their desire to cross-play actively in their multiplayer library, and the publisher is concerned with the idea.
It makes sense for a publisher ̵
"We look at key franchises as to how we can deliver platform games just as Fortnite has, especially some of our titles that have a wide and diverse player base. The ability to bring PC to mobile or mobile to console can bring family and friends together and we think it's an important part of our future development profile. Expect more from us on the front of the future. "
EA is one of the biggest publishers in the world right now, especially with their annual sports titles and upcoming shared-world shooter Anthem. You expect them to have cross-play for both, but even their press may not be enough to open the gates. Sony knows that with more of their consoles on the market, the likelihood that players will play EA's games regardless of the PS4 will be quite large, so the bumps of EA's lungs are not top for their priority lists. It's more a profit for EA if that happens, which can hopefully lead to more meaningful discussions about the support.
Alternatively, this can be an easy way for those Microsoft and Nintendo to throw in and get even more goodwill. Just like the Minecraft trailer post E3 that made the big point of playing together nicely, EA could see itself adapt to both platformers to develop a marketing operation in the same way. It must first fix its support on Switch to make it a meaningful push (FIFA on Switch last year was terrible), but if they're serious about it, I would not put it past them. Especially with Xbox promising new hardware very soon.
Last updated: July 30, 2018