Epic Games have just announced that Fortnite: Battle Royale' highly anticipated account merge feature has been delayed to early 2019 over to ongoing technical concerns, which means you have to stick with your alt chars for a bit longer.
The company wrote that they need more time to test things out properly, quite understandably so, since this is one ball they can't really afford to fumble. Well, afford was probably not the right word, because it seems Fortnite's money could buy the Moon if Epic wanted to.
Anyway, account merging is meant to take care of Fortnite players who had no other way to circumvent Sony's cross-play policy at the time but to resort to opening alt chars. Many of them ended up buying cosmetics on them as well, in hope that Epic will untangle Sony's mess eventually.
Fortnite's arrival on Nintendo Switch was a widely publicised affair that made fans flock to the platform, only to find a screen saying, "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."
In hindsight, for all the controversy it caused, it's a good thing it happened because it turned out to be a force for the better. The resulting public outcry and rare criticism from own fans made Sony first reconsider their insistence on keeping the PS4 walled off, before they finally buckled.
By allowing for Fortnite cross-play on PlayStation 4, Sony also effectively prevented the low marketing blows by the likes of Nintendo and Microsoft. And don't even get me started on Todd Howard's response on cross-play in Fallout 76, which at this point sounds like trying to strap a jet engine on a tricicle.
In related news, Epic recently rolled out Fortnite's gifting feature, which will be in testing for another few days. Unfortunately, Apple users are reminded that "gifting is not available on iOS devices because Apple's policies prohibit it", which just goes to show that there will always be another Sony.
You can find Epic's announcement here.