Bethesda has confirmed that Fallout 76 will not have cross-platform play. A tweet from marketing chief Pete Hines tweeted to say the upcoming multiplayer post-apocalyptic RPG won’t support the feature between the PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions.
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.
— Pete Hines (@DCDeacon) September 26, 2018
The tweet came just hours after Sony announced their plans to bring cross-play to Fortnite, something which had been highly-anticipated.
Speaking to Eurogamer at Quakecon 2018, Hines said “[Cross-play for] Fallout 76, 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.
“But for Legends it’s absolutely critical,” he said, referring to Bethesda’s card game Elder Scrolls Legends, “both cross-play, which is how Legends works right now on every device – you’re playing against somebody who could be on any device – and, more importantly, cross-platform progression, which means no matter what you do on any platform, you load up the game and so long as you’re logged in, here is all your progression, here is everything you had, everything you were doing.”
“If we have to start segmenting our audience to say ‘folks on this platform can only play folks on that platform’, or ‘any progress you make on that platform can’t be there’, then man, that’s a bad situation.” Hines continued.
With a focus on multiplayer, it would be nice if Fallout 76 allowed PlayStation 4 and Xbox One players to play together. It sounds like, although it won’t be a possibility at launch, it may be in the game’s future.
With the recent Fortnite news, Jeremy Dunham, VP of publishing at Psyonix Studios, mused on the likelihood of Rocket League getting similar treatment.
We're really happy for the @PlayStation and @FortniteGame communities. It's a great step forward! We know that our own @RocketLeague community wants to know what this means for them, but we don't have any updates ATM. In the meantime, we recommend reaching out to Sony for comment https://t.co/5wH3VIMktn
— Jeremy Dunham (@DunhamSmash) September 26, 2018
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