Bethesda seems to put Sony under pressure

Aug

14

2018

with a requirement for crossplay in card game
Bethesda says support for crossplay at the upcoming console version of the card game The Elder Scrolls: Legends ‘is not negotiable’. With this, the publisher seems to be putting pressure on Sony, which, as far as crossplay is concerned, at Fortnite, for the time being, keeps the boat off.

The free card game The Elder Scrolls: Legends is equally available, but later this year a graphically polished version for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and the Nintendo Switch will follow. Bethesda wants all versions of the game to fully support crossplay on all platforms, in which the progress does not depend on the platform, but is stored universally. That’s what the vice president of the marketing department of Bethesda, Pete Hines, said in an interview with Game Informer .

The interviewer asked Hines if these requirements mean that The Elder Scrolls: Legends may not play on the PlayStation 4 if Sony puts the heels in the sand and does not make crossplay possible for the time being. Hines somewhat avoided that question; he did not mention Sony, but he said that he talked to all partners. He made it clear that the intention of Bethesda is that with The Elder Scrolls: Legends crossplay is possible everywhere and that players must be able to play against everyone who is online at the same time, regardless of which platform.

Bethesda does not seem to be as sure about these requirements with another, bigger title from their own stable: Fallout 76. With this game, which will be released on November 14th, Bethesda seems to have committed itself to the lack of crossplay between the PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Game Director Todd Howard of Bethesda said earlier that his studio did have this wish, but Sony was, according to him, ‘not as helpful as hoped’.

Sony announced in June that it is working on a solution for blocking Fortnite accounts on the Xbox or the Nintendo Switch. At this time, players who log in to a PlayStation 4 with the game can not then take their Fortnite account to other consoles. Sony probably does this to secure as much revenue as possible and can do so in view of the large group of players: at the end of June, Sony announced that it had delivered a total of 82.2 million copies of the PlayStation 4.

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