Tom Warren, journalist of The Verge, shared through his Twitter profile a ‘email tra Sony ed Epic Games which seems to date back to 2018 in which, as indicated, the PlayStation company underlines some doubts about cross-play with other platforms.
Tom Warren reports some images through which we can read that Gio Corsi, Senior Director at SIE America, states that “many companies are exploring the idea [del cross-play] e not a single one can explain why console cross-play can improve the PlayStation business.”
However, Epic Games states that “it is impossible to think of a scenario in which Epic does not get what it wants: that possibility vanished when Fortnite became the biggest game on PlayStation”. After that, the email shows a series of ideas to forge the agreement between Epic and Sony regarding cross-play, among which we read “Epic does everything possible to make Sony a hero”. There is also talk of agreements to introduce exclusive PS Plus items to Fortnite to push subscription sales. There is also talk of a possible agreement for a game to launch the “next VR platform”.
Additionally, Tom Warren reports a slide from a presentation flagged as “for lawyers only”, indicating that some partners have to pay a royalty to Sony to offset the “drop in earnings” caused by enabling cross-play.
Obviously we have no idea how much of the agreement between Epic Games and Sony PlayStation has actually been implemented. Tom Warren does not expand the discussion in this regard.
Certainly the relationship between Epic Games and Sony is increasingly solid: Sony has invested another 200 million dollars in Epic Games.