In a recent interview, Bethesda director Todd Howard explained why Fallout 76 won’t have cross-platform play. His explanation has once again brought Sony into the spotlight over its dislike of cross-platform play.
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Todd Howard, the Bethesda Game Studios director and creative director behind Fallout 76, spoke to German publication GameStar.de in a recent interview. During the interview, the topic of cross-play was brought up. According to CNET, Todd Howard said:
You cannot do cross-play in 76… We’d really love that but right now we can’t. Sony is not as helpful as everyone would like.
This interview once again shines a light on Sony’s unwillingness to engage in cross-platform play. This issue became a big talking point a few weeks ago when the Switch version of Fortnite was released. People who registered their Epic account to Sony were unpleasantly surprised to find that they couldn’t play on the Switch and take advantage of its portable nature. This cross-play denial even got Microsoft and Nintendo to make a joint ad together. The ad depicted Xbox One and Switch users playing Minecraft together, something not possible for PS4 owners.
A Polygon article gave a plausible reason for Sony’s stubbornness. According to John Smedley, former president of Daybreak Game Company, formerly known as Sony Online Entertainment, the reason for it is money. Sony doesn’t seem to like people buying something on another console and using it on the PS4. By requiring users to buy items and make accounts solely for the PS4, Sony guarantees a cut of the sales.
As cross-platform play becomes more common and more franchises go online, Sony is going to be faced with more pressure. If they don’t acquiesce to cross-platform play, their consoles might be seen as detrimental to multiplayer. This could cause serious, long-term damage to their reputation. Sony has to do something about this issue before too much damage is done.