Studio Wildcard’s co-founder Jesse Rapczak has made comment on the relative simplicity of enabling Cross-play between Xbox One and PlayStation 4, in a recent chat with Eurogamer. Yet again it seems to be Sony who’s refusing to play ball.
“Look, it’s a thing that everybody asks for and everybody wants to do, and we can’t really say anything other than what it is. It’s easy for us to do technically and it’s just policy issues” Ah this old chestnut, once again it seems that cross-play is being halted not by the technology, but by the firms not wanting to play ball with each other and let people play together across platforms. Rocket League developer Pysonix has brought this issue up in the past, also very keen to bring cross-play to their player base.
“There’s nothing preventing it. And yes, we have it running internally. We think it’s cool and we would like to make it happen, so if the policies change we’d like to be first in line to turn it on. It honestly would not take us more than a few days to enable it.”
It really does sound like these features are there and ready to be activated, almost a simple flick of a switch. With the developers having this working internally we can fully remove any argument that it is technically impossible. The issue once more seems to be a problem with Sony and Microsoft not being able to work a deal.
Ark: Survival Evolved currently doesn’t even support cross-play between Xbox and PC, but this is due to the Steam version having mod access, as well as being a newer, build of the game. This will be rectified when the Windows 10 version launches in mid-September, and will be enabled for cross-buy, meaning that those who purchase on Xbox One will be able to load the game on Windows also. Microsoft has shown big commitment to bringing cross-play to the masses, an example of this being that PlayStation is the only platform that is not supporting Minecraft’s ‘better together’ update.
Ark: Survival Evolved is available now on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, Mac, and Linux.