Earlier this week, we reported on something I thought would never happen. Sony officially announced cross-play for Fortnite between PS4 and Xbox One owners and also hinted at future plans to support more games in this way. As soon as the news broke, everyone probably started thinking of titles which they would like cross-play support for, including the upcoming Fallout 76. Unfortunately, Fallout 76 cross-play isn’t something you should hold your breath for.
Fallout 76 cross-play
After the news about Sony’s change in policy with regards to cross-play hit the internet, Bethesda’s Pete Hines took to Twitter and said “Well done, Sony.” This obviously sparked a lot of interest from the gaming community and fueled the hopes that Fallout 76 cross-play would be a thing.
However, Mr Hines cleared things up a bit in a response on Twitter, stating that:
Folks, chill. I work with a lot of devs and games for whom this is important going forward. Fallout 76 does not support crossplay, for a number of reasons. I have no idea if it ever will. But I assure you it is not on our radar right now as we focus on B.E.T.A. and Launch.
That doesn’t sound good for those hoping for cross-play in Fallout 76 at all, not by a long shot. It is important to remember that developers and publishers have the right to deny cross-play for their games. From a positive outlook, Bethesda could still consider adding cross-play to Fallout 76 one day, as they have not completely ruled out the possibility.
An interesting bit of information is the comment Mr Hines made to Eurogamer at QuakeCon this year regarding Fallout 76 cross-play, in which he stated that:
Sure: it would be nice if I could play on my Xbox and my kid is playing on his PC and we can play together, but if we can’t, OK. There’s lots of games – I play Overwatch on Xbox and he plays on PC separately and has a whole separate account. It’s not critical.
Don’t take this the wrong way, as Bethesda is definitely for cross-play with a specific example being The Elder Scrolls: Legends. Mr Hines noted in August this year that cross-play for Legends is “absolutely critical” so at least there is quite a good chance that cross-play for Legends will happen now with Sony’s policy change.
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