Posted by Evolve on Feb 22, 2019 | In: General News
In the past, we've posted numerous stories about Sony's stance on cross-platform play across consoles and how, out of the big three, they were always the ones refusing to budge. This problem crept up multiple times over the course of last year, but it really came to a head when the ever-popular Fortnite Battle Royale made its way over to the Nintendo Switch. Cue fan outrage as their PS4 Fortnite accounts couldn't be utilized on the platform. Ultimately, it was Fortnite that tipped the scales for Sony and got them to relent on the issue, but it was arguably Rocket League that got the debate initially into the spotlight, sparking conversation on why it needed to be supported. Rocket League has been seeking full cross-platform play support for years now, and I'm happy to write that they've finally done it. Announced on their website, Rocket League developer Psyonix revealed that full cross-platform play is now in effect across every platform.
This is a huge win for Rocket League and a long time coming. As of this announcement, Rocket League has now been rolled into Sony's cross-play beta program. The PlayStation studio brought that program into effect last September, and it's currently in beta because they're working out the kinks and glitches that can come about through cross-platform play in an attempt to fix them. Now that Rocket League is participating, cross-platform play can be enjoyed on every single one of its match types like casual, competitive, and extra. The feature is supposed to be enabled by default from now on, but if for some reason yours isn't, Psyonix has you covered. Simply head to the main menu, go into the options, and head to the gameplay tab to make sure the "Cross-Platform Play" box is checked. It's all super simple, and will unlock the gates to playing with others. Rocket League has already supported cross-platform play between PC, Switch, and Xbox One, but now a whole new subset of gamers can flood on in.
However, the feature hasn't been expanded on in full just yet. As of right now, you aren't able to join up with friends in parties through cross-platforms. Psyonix has assured that they plan on adding this in the game's first update of 2019, so while that doesn't have an official date yet, it means we won't be waiting too long. In the meantime, the developer explained that you can simply create or join a private match with your friends and enjoy things that way. It's close, but it just doesn't incorporate regular matchmaking play with friends. Once cross-play party support is out, Rocket League will truly be fully fleshed out. This news makes Rocket League the second game to hit the goal of full cross-play platform support, with the first being none other than Fortnite, the first game to enter Sony's cross-play beta program. Early on after Fortnite was inducted, many people reached out to Psyonix asking if they'd be next. They seemed coy about it, and now we can see why.
With that in mind, Rocket League is available on all major platforms: Windows PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Mac OS, and Linux. No matter which one you play on, you can now look forward to playing online with strangers and friends from entirely different systems. Rocket League is an online-focused game that has you playing as rocket-powered miniature vehicles that race around a sports stadium. The goal is to use your car to knock the game ball into the opposing team's net. It's all good fun, and a formula that has stood the test of time since its initial 2015 release on PC and PS4. To end off the good news, Psyonix expressed some thanks to fans. "Today's announcement is an important one for us here at Psyonix, because we know how much our community has wanted FULL cross-platform support for quite some time," the post concludes. "It's because of YOU, our fans, and our generous partners on all systems and services that have made this possible in the first place. On behalf of the entire team, THANK YOU for your passion and persistence as we continue to do our best to make Rocket League the best experience that we can." Make sure to head over to their site to read that post in full. Congrats, Rocket League!