Played Fortnite on PlayStation 4 but fancy tucking into the Switch version with all your progress in tact? Well, that's a shame, because you can't.

Epic Games' battle royale title bizarrely prevents you from using the same account for both versions of the game. Even if you've only played the PS4 version once, you won't be able to enjoy the Switch edition on the same Epic account.

This does work the other way around too, so if you've been plugging away at the game on Switch you can't access the PS4 version with that account.

Epic's message associated with the login failure isn't exactly a chirpy affair, either:

'This Fortnite account is associated with a platform which does not allow it to operate on Switch. Neither the Fortnite website nor Epic Customer Service are able to change this. To play Fortnite on Switch, please create a new account.'

Meanwhile, here's the message you get when you go from Switch to PS4: 

'The Epic Account you tried to link can not play on this platform.'

While there's nothing stopping you from creating an account, 1) it's a pain in the arse and shouldn't be required in the first place and 2) it means you can't carry across your progress.

Right now there's no official word from anyone, although social media have decided the blame falls firmly in Sony's lap. Given the PlayStation manufacturer's take on cross-platform play, this isn't shocking; after all, why would Epic impose these restrictions on its game?

Fortnite is now available on PS4, PC, Switch, and Xbox One.

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