by on Jul 2, 2018

Sony is the reason Fallout 76 won’t have cross-platform play

Speaking with GameStar (via CNET), Bethesda Game Studios' Todd Howard said that Fallout 76 players won't be able to play with each other across platforms.

'You cannot do cross-play in 76,' the online multiplayer RPG's director said. 'We'd really love that but right now we can't'. After being asked for clarification Howard said 'Sony is not as helpful as everyone would like.'

Oh my. This is becoming a regular thing, isn't it?

Cross-platform support is right around the corner for Rocket League and allows PC, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch players to play together. Nintendo and Microsoft recently highlighted their blossoming relationship with a Minecraft trailer showing Xbox One and Switch players building bits and bobs together in celebration of the game supporting cross-platform play on both systems and on PC.

PlayStation wasn't keen on joining in on the Minecraft fun back in June 2017 because they were worried about the kids. Then Sony Computer Entertainment Europe boss Jim Ryan said that exposing kids to 'external influences we have no ability to manage or look after [is] something we have to think about very carefully.'

Xbox boss Phil Spencer thought that was rubbish.

After Fortnite was released on Switch last month, many were annoyed that playing the game on PS4 locked your Epic Games account to that platform, and meant you couldn't log in on your Nintendo hybrid console. 

Well, the bigwig at SIE America, Shawn Layden, was recently asked about cross-platform play and whether we'll see PS4 get onboard with it and he said 'We're looking at a lot of the possibilities. You can imagine that the circumstances around that affect a lot more than just one game. I'm confident we'll get to a solution which will be understood and accepted by our gaming community, while at the same time supporting our business.'

The ex Sony Online boss Jim Smedley recently said it was all down to money on Twitter – I mean, yeah – but this whole thing isn't doing the market leader any favours when it comes to PR over the last couple of weeks.

Fallout 76

on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Release Date:

31 December 2018