Sony may have asked the developers to implement the cross-platform game on PlayStation.
That’s according to new documents that have emerged in connection with Apple’s ongoing lawsuit against Epic, as well as testimony from Epic CEO Tim Sweeney.
Sweeney confirmed in court that Sony is the only platform to seek cross-play compensation. He also said that Epic has agreed to pay this fee to enable cross play in the PlayStation version of Fortnite.
Details of Sony’s cross-platform revenue share were revealed in a 2019 document shared by The Verge. This document showed that Sony required the payment of royalties whenever a significant number of PlayStation users contributed to a title’s revenue. This is in order to “compensate for the reduction in revenue” caused by the cross-platform functionality.
Sony has a historic reluctance to allow cross-platform play; the company initially blocked cross-play for Rocket League and Minecraft in 2017. This also happened to Fortnite in 2018, but Sony relented a few months later under pressure from the Fortnite community.
Epic had also implored Sony to change its stance in the months leading up to the cross-play implementation.
“I can’t think of a scenario where Epic doesn’t get what we want – that possibility was gone when Fortnite became the biggest game on PlayStation,” read an email sent to Sony by Joe Kreiner, vice-president. president of Epic’s affairs. development.
The email, shared by The Verge, also details a series of proposals from Epic to Sony, which included Epic bundling its E3 presence with PlayStation, a PlayStation Plus promotion suggestion, and announcing the cross-play in collaboration with Sony.
“Let’s make a huge win for all of us,” the email continued. “Epic isn’t changing its mind on the matter, so let’s agree now.”
An “open beta” of cross-platform play followed the implementation of cross-play in Fortnite. At the time, Sony Interactive Entertainment president John Kodero wrote in a blog that “SIE has identified a path to supporting cross-platform functionality for certain third-party content.”