Developer will continue with their plans despite fan complaints.
Fortnite cross-play

Cross-platform play seems to be all the rage these days and it's only going to keep gaining support as time goes on. However, it seems as though some fans of the still popular battle royale game, Fortnite, aren't too keen on the idea.

A recent change to the game introduced skill-based matchmaking. This is a system that tries to put players of similar skill together in the same match. Players noticed that with this new system they were being pitted against players across different platforms, a change that wasn't explicitly outlined in the patch notes. This gave some Fortnite players a little cause for alarm.

Some felt as though they would be at a disadvantage when going up against players that may utilize different control schemes compared to them. Concerns were also raised about the potential advantage PC players would have thanks to their higher framerate and advanced graphical options. How could a Nintendo Switch player with their 30fps cap ever hope to compete on the same level as a PC player running with 144fps and mouse aiming, right?

This cross-platform matchmaking seems to include all versions of Fortnite. This means that players are pulled into the skill based matchmaking regardless of them being on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC, or even mobile devices. So far, the player outrage has been loud, as outrage tends to be.

Remarks were issued by Epic today that seemingly brushes off most of those complaints.

So far, we've rolled out the new matchmaking system to select regions for Solo mode, and Duos is expected to arrive later this week.

With the rollout, we’ve seen a lot of discussion about potentially unfair competitive advantages from pooling players together across platforms and input devices. The new matchmaking system, however, accounts for various skill levels across different platforms and control inputs, and groups players of similar skill levels together.

Our goal with the new matchmaking system is to create fairer matches for all of our players, which includes special considerations for each platform. This means that where similar skill exists, players may be paired against opponents from ALL platforms — whether they’re using mouse + keyboard, a controller, or touch input. We are closely monitoring match analytics and your feedback, and we'll make adjustments to ensure everyone is playing a fair match.
Their shared remarks seem to suggest that players should blindly trust this new system to do its job and there won't be any issue. This is also the same studio that thought adding a giant, powerful mech for "balance" was a good idea. Needless to say, today's statements have done very little to address the concerns of players.