Fallout 76 was one of the highlights of the E3 2018 and brought the online multiplayer for the first time in one of the most popular open-source worlds of video game. Eventually, Bethesda fans will be able to explore the post-apocalyptic wasteland with friends and fight real players instead of AI-controlled monsters and looters. The only thing they can not do is play with people on different consoles, and you can probably guess the reason.
"You can not cross play in 76," said Bethesda's Todd Howard GameStar.de in an interview. "We really would love that, but right now we can not." When asked why cross-play was not available, Howard did not hate words or address the issue: "Sony is not as helpful as anyone wants," he admitted to the release.
After the Fortnite controversy last month, this recording was not very surprising. Sony has refused to cooperate with Microsoft and Nintendo when it comes to allowing players to play independently of the platform. Cross-Play was introduced more than two years ago in Rocket League and has since reached Minecraft and Fortnite . And yet, PS4 players are still blocked by Xbox One and Switch players.
Sony's willingness to participate in the trend peaked this year at E3 when Fortnite launched on Switch. Fans of the game, who had previously played on a PS4, found that their Epic Games accounts (which contained all of their progress and achievements) were not available on the Nintendo console. To play the game, they would have to create new accounts and start over. This triggered a firestorm, which is still raging.
After initially abandoning the subject, Sony contacted Cross-Play last week, with SHAwn Layden head of SIEA saying it was working on "a solution that Siemens understands and accepts our gaming community . "