Warhammer Age of Sigmar Realms of Ruin crossplay explained and how to improve it

Warhammer Age of Sigmar Realms of Ruin crossplay explained and how to improve it
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Wondering about crossplay in Realms of Ruin? With the latest Warhammer RTS impressing players with its visuals and streamlined gameplay, read up on whether PC players can test their might against console players.

While you can fight against players on the same platforms, you might wonder if you can team up with friends on different platforms. Warhammer Age of Sigmar Realms of Ruin offers a refined control scheme for controllers, making it accessible for Xbox and PlayStation players to pick up. Crossplay would give the game’s longevity a serious boost.

Does Warhammer Age of Sigmar Realms of Ruin support crossplay

Yes, Warhammer Age of Sigmar Realms of Ruin has crossplay and cross-platform multiplayer support from launch for PC, Xbox Series X|S, and PS5. This means that you don’t have to wait for a patch or update to play it across platforms. Right from day one, enabling the crossplay setting in the menu lets you enter common lobbies. It’s a great option for friends to team up. But if you’re looking to climb the ranked ladder with this feature on a console, be cautious.

A screenshot of the crossplay feature in Warhammer Age of Sigmar video game.
A screenshot of the Stormcast Eternals attacking an Orruk outpost in Realms of Ruin. Image captured by VideoGamer.

Is crossplay worth it in Realms of Ruin and how to fix it

While consoles are naturally at a disadvantage in RTS titles, Realms of Ruin tries to address it with a control scheme built around ease of use. But that vision also hampers its core effectiveness. I tried out this system when I reviewed the game. While it’s great for base building and issuing commands in the heat of battle, movement isn’t as fluid as I’d like it to be.

By default, pressing a button and dragging your left stick in a direction lets you pick the next destination for a selected squad of soldiers. For some bizarre reason, this doesn’t let you pick any spot on the map. Instead, there’s a distance restriction, forcing you to draw a path with multiple button presses. This hurts the speed of console players and in the heat of battle, you’ll be forced to redraw paths as your strategy shifts. Fortunately, there’s a fix for this. Disabling DirectStep in the settings menu lets you click anywhere on the map to move your units.

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Disable DirectStep to make quicker move commands in Realms of Ruin

Disable this setting if you’re comfortable with asking troops to go to a selected location anywhere on the map. If you prefer charting a course manually, keep this setting on.

Despite this fix, console players will still be at a disadvantage. This is fine if you’re playing with or against a friend. But on the competitive ranked ladder, you’ll be made short work of by an opponent on a PC. It’s not impossible to overcome but it’s an additional challenge.

That covers crossplay in Realms of Ruin. This Warhammer title lets you play as one of four factions as you clear its generous campaign. You can also customize your units with its livery editor, letting you showcase your troops in combat against friends or foes. Warhammer Age of Sigmar Realms of Ruin is already out on PC, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X|S. We came away impressed after our Realms of Ruin preview.


How many players can play a multiplayer match in Realms of Ruin?

Realms of Ruin supports up to 4 players in its 2v2 mode.