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Sony’s Stance on Cross-play Challenged by Bethesda

When Fortnite launched earlier this summer, Sony was clear it was having no cross-play between gaming platforms. Gamers accepted the outcome and the outcry quieted to a murmur.

That was until Bethesda‘s Pete Hines brought up the matter when referring to The Elder Scrolls: Legends.

“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 says the issue is not up for debate.

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What Will be the Outcome?

The Elder Scrolls: Legends is a much smaller game than most of Bethesda’s products. The weight of their words may prove less than the resolve of Sony.

As talks of new generations of consoles become more and more frequent, the reality of Sony’s number lead in the industry will become less important. As a result, they may be forced to cave to developer’s demands to stay profitable. Online games are so popular, it may become more and more detrimental to prohibit cross-play.

What are your thoughts on Sony’s stance? Will the giant have to cave to change? Or is their power within the gaming world such that they determine change? Let us know your thoughts on the matter in the comments.