Bethesda’s Fallout 76 is a top contender for 2018’s most-anticipated release, and Fallout fans were recently treated to a lot of juicy new information about the title over at QuakeCon 2018.
One of the most interesting things to come from QuakeCon was the discussion around a potential rift between Sony and Bethesda when it comes to cross-play, and it’s been confirmed that Fallout 76 won’t have any cross-play support.
Speaking to German publication Game Star, Fallout 76’s Game Director Todd Howard confirmed there wouldn’t be cross-play support in place for the game – apparently because Sony was “not as helpful as everyone would like.”
Game Star writes that “Todd Howard is annoyed by Sony’s stalemate attitude,” with him reportedly saying: “We would love to [add cross-play support] but right now that’s not possible.”
At QuakeCon, when talking about the upcoming The Elder Scrolls: Legends, the newest addition to the incredibly successful franchise, Bethesda top dog Pete Hines hinted at some potentially disappointing news for PlayStation gamers.
Hines announced that Legends will have: “both cross-platform play and cross-platform progress,” and was quickly asked by Game Informer whether the cross-play extended to the PlayStation 4.
Hines responded: “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.”
He was then pushed a little further, being asked specifically if that means Legends might not be available for PS4 gamers at all, with Hines responding: “those [terms] are essentially non-negotiable.”
It’s believed that discussions are still ongoing between the two gaming giants. Hopefully we’ll get Legends on the PS4, but nothing’s set in stone…
As for Fallout, it’s not going to happen.
Sony has come under fire for its reluctance to embrace the new culture of cross-platform play before, with gamers left unhappy to find their Fortnite data couldn’t be transferred from their PlayStation accounts to other consoles.
If you made a Fortnite account for PS4, it’s disappointingly locked to PS4.
What do you think about Sony’s attitude to cross-play support?
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