Bethesda Doesn't Like Sony's Stance On Cross-Play

Posted by Evolve on Aug 15, 2018 | In: General News

Bethesda Doesn't Like Sony's Stance On Cross-Play

There are many trends and fads in the gaming world that many try and copy for their own gains. The Battle Royale genre that's arisen in the last few years is a prime example of this. However, other trends are ones that can truly bring gaming to the next level, such as graphics, the mobility of consoles, and a growing trend...Cross-Play. Cross-Play is the ability to play a game on one system while playing with another person on another console. Like being able to play Minecraft on your Xbox One while playing with your friend is on Minecraft on their Switch.

Many games, like Minecraft and Rocket League, have helped push the Cross-Play market. And more developers and publishers are pushing for more Cross-Play capabilities. Microsoft and Nintendo even did a commercial together promoting Cross-Play, which is something they've never done before. However, there is a holdout in the Cross-Play movement, Sony. This started early with Rocket League and their refusal to do Cross-Play. And then, when Fortnite "accidentally" got Cross-Play, they made sure to shut it down. Minecraft on PS4 doesn't have Cross-Play, nor do any other games on the system.

Numerous people, both gamers, and devs are calling out Sony for their "stick in the mud" mindset on the mechanic. But they're not budging. One team that definitely isn't on board with this is Bethesda, who are getting ready to launch their card game Elder Scrolls Legends on the PS4, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One. And naturally, they're wanting Cross-Play, and though Sony hasn't "denied it", yet, many can see the writing on the wall.

For Bethesda's Pete Hines, this isn't an option, they want the game to be Cross-Play compatible across all platforms, and so, in an interview with GameInformer, he noted that bad things might happen if it's not allowed: “We can’t be talking about one version of Legends, where you take your progress with you, and another version where you stay within that ecosystem or it’s walled off from everything else. That is counter to what the game has been about.”

While he doesn't name the PS4 specifically, it's clear who he's talking about. As well as the message he's delivering, if Sony doesn't allow Cross-Play for Elder Scrolls Legends, they're not going to give them the game, and that could also affect future releases on the console. The question many have asked about all this is, "Why is Sony so resistant to Cross-Play?" The truth is that no one really knows. On one hand, Sony has said that they're trying to "protect the gamers", stating that Cross-Play "infringes upon their security". However, developers like Psyonix, Mojang, and more have denied this vehemently and even offered to put up more security within their games so that information can't be found.

Just as frustrating is that Sony has claimed in the last several months that they're "listening to their fanbase for suggestions on how to improve", and then at an investors meeting, a gamer called them out on their Cross-Play stance and they dodged the question. It'll be interesting to see what happens as Elder Scrolls Legends draws closer to its PS4 release.