Fallout 76 will be the next game prevented from reaching its full cross-play potential by Sony’s refusal to play nice with other first-party publishers.
German gaming outlet GameStar recently interviewed game director Todd Howard about Fallout 76. When asked if cross-play was something fans could look forward to, Howard confessed that the development team was interested in cross-play, but Sony’s well-documented disdain for the social feature was stopping the team from going forward with it.
“We would love to do that,” Howard said, “but right now that’s not possible. Sony isn’t being as helpful as we want them to be.”
It is currently unclear is developer Bethesda Softworks is holding back all cross-play plans until Sony jumps onboard, or if select pairs of systems can still expect it. There would likely be no issues with cross-play between the PS4 and PC, as numerous other games like Fortnite and Rocket League support that connection, but connecting the PS4 to other consoles is a different story.
Public opinion of Sony has been on a downward trajectory since the company denied its players the ability to enjoy Fortnite with other console players. Sony even went as far as to block Fortnite accounts activated on PS4s from being used on other consoles, and the revelation that the publisher will be responsible for gamers’ inability to enjoy cross-play in Fallout 76 will not help its case. Sony recently claimed that it is working on a “solution” to its cross-play conundrum, but gamers have yet to learn any hard details of the plan.
Aside from not being able to take on the wasteland with other console players, Sony’s rejection of cross-play may deny PS4 players access to the full extent of the game’s modding community. Mods were recently confirmed by Howard to be coming to Fallout 76, to be enjoyed in private servers, but the feature apparently won’t show up until sometime after launch.
Fallout 76 is slated to launch November 14th on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The game will have a beta go live before launch, coming first to Xbox One.