Court documents revealed during the ongoing trial between Epic Games and Apple showed how hesitant Sony was regarding crossplay between PlayStation consoles and other platforms.
The documents were a series of emails between Epic Games vice president of business development Joe Kreiner and former Sony Interactive Entertainment senior director Gio Corsi. Kreiner offered a set of proposals to Corsi in an effort to enable crossplay for Fortnite. These proposals include letting Sony make the announcement, offering a unique Fortnite character through PlayStation Plus, and extending Sony’s Unreal Engine 4 license.
However, Corsi didn’t budge. He noted that “cross-platform play is not a slam dunk no matter the size of the title.”
“As you know, many companies are exploring this idea and not a single one can explain how cross-console play improves the PlayStation experience.”
Sony would eventually find that improvement in 2019 with its cross-platform revenue share policy. Under the policy, a publisher would pay Sony a royalty whenever PlayStation players pay more than a certain percentage of a cross-platform title’s revenue.
Also, the policy prevents publishers from transferring virtual currency to and from PlayStation consoles. This was possibly a pain point for Epic Games, since Fortnite features its V-Bucks virtual currency.
It’s unknown if Sony still implements this policy, or if either Microsoft or Nintendo has a similar policy in place.
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