Bethesda had some harsh words for any company not willing to support cross-platform play. While not naming any names, given Sony’s stance on the matter, the comments were clearly a jab directed at them.
In an interview with Gameinformer, Bethesda’s senior vice president of global marketing and communications, Pete Hines, discussed the upcoming console release of Elder Scrolls: Legends and how the game is both “cross-platform play and cross-platform progress.” On this issue, Andrew Reiner of Gameinformer questioned whether or not the cross-platform play would be limited to only certain consoles referencing Sony’s refusal to allow cross-platform play of Fortnite. Hines responded with the following:
“It is our intention in order for the game to come out, it has to be those things on any system. We cannot have a game that works one way across everywhere else except for on this one thing. The way the game works right now on Apple, Google, Steam, and Bethesda.net, it doesn’t matter where you buy your stuff, if you play it on another platform that stuff is there. It doesn’t matter what platform you play on, you play against everyone else who is playing at that moment. There’s no ‘Oh, it’s easier to control, or it has a better framerate on this system.’ It’s a strategy card game. It doesn’t matter.”
This being the case, Reiner asked whether or not Bethesda would potentially avoid releasing the game on PS4 due to their stance on cross-platform play. Here’s what he had to say:
“We continue to talk to all of our platform partners, but those [terms] are essentially non-negotiable. 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 its walled off from everything else. That is counter to what the game has been about.”
Again, despite not specifically mentioning Sony, Bethesda’s view on the matter is crystal clear. If Sony doesn’t support cross-platform play, Bethesda will not release Elder Scroll: Legends on PS4. It wouldn’t seem unrealistic if this is how the company will approach other future game releases as well. Considering how one of Bethesda’s biggest upcoming titles, Fallout 76, lacks cross-platform play due entirely to Sony, this issue will definitely be discussed and analyzed once again after the game’s November 14th release.
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