Bethesda wants the next generation of game consoles to be all about cross-play.
Speaking with Eurogamer during a recent Fallout 76 event, Bethesda vice president Pete Hines gave his thoughts on cross-play and, more specifically, how he hopes cross-play and cross-platform progression will become industry standards.
“I think it just makes for a much better community, that we don’t have these arbitrary walls,” Hines said. “I’m reminded of something Todd Howard said in an interview some years ago now, I’m paraphrasing him—I would like to see games get to the point that we view them like movies on DVD, which is to say if you want to go rent or buy Deadpool, you’re not buying it specifically for Sony players or Panasonic, you have a DVD and whatever plays DVDs plays DVDs. As a game creator, you just want to make a game and have it work the same everywhere, as opposed to these guys have these rules about how friends lists works, or whatever, while over here it’s completely different.”
Hines added that it’s not just playing together with people on other consoles that’s important, but carrying individual progression forward on different systems.
“I also want to be able to take my progress with me from device to device,” he said. “What I’ve unlocked, what my character can do, I want to be able to go from platform to platform. And both of those things I think are equally important, and I very much am hopeful that with the next gen platform, we’ll see even more of that.”
While Fallout 76 doesn’t support cross-play, Pete Hines has applauded Sony’s recent decision to allow cross-play with Fortnite, making it seem likely that future Bethesda titles could be more open.