Sony chairman Shawn Layden recently spoke to Game Informer, claiming they’re “open for business” on the topic of PS4 cross-play. However, the CEOs behind games like Wargroove and Smite are saying that’s not actually the case.
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In a recent interview with Game Informer, Sony chairman Shawn Layden spoke about a variety of topics involving his company. The topic of PS4 cross-play came up near the end, and Layden said:
People keep saying, “Why doesn’t Sony allow more people to have it?” We’re open for business on this one. All it takes is for publishers and developers who wish to permission it. As ever, just work with your PlayStation account manager, and they will walk you through the steps that we’ve learned through our partnership with Epic on how this works. I don’t believe right now there is any gating factor on that. I think they’re open to make proposals, because the Fortnite thing worked pretty well.
However, a couple of CEOs have objections to Layden’s claims. Finn Brice, CEO of Chucklefish, went on ResetEra to talk about his company’s difficulties with Wargroove and the PS4. The game is currently available with cross-play on the PC, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. Unfortunately, the PS4 version, which will release later this year, won’t have cross-play with the other platforms. He said:
We made many requests for crossplay (both through our account manager and directly with higher ups) all the way up until release month. We were told in no uncertain terms that it was not going to happen.
From our side, we can *literally* toggle a switch and have it working. Of course policy work might be more complicated for Sony.
Keep in mind that back before Sony allowed cross-play between PS4 versions of Fortnite and other platforms, Epic accidentally allowed cross-play between Xbox One and PS4. This lends some evidence to Brice’s claims.
Stewart Chisam, CEO of Hi-Rez Studios, which made Smite, Palidans, and Realm Royale, also had something to say. Earlier yesterday, cross-play in Smite was enabled for all platforms except PS4. Chisam tweeted:
Hey @Sony @PlayStation. It's time to stop playing favorites and tear down the crossplay/progression wall for everyone. We have @SMITEGame, @PaladinsGame, @RealmRoyale ready to go when you are. https://t.co/KNDetpXPf5
— HiRezStew (@schisam) February 8, 2019
So far, the only games with PS4 cross-play are Fortnite and Rocket League.