By now it is no new news that Sony is being a bit of a bitch when it comes to cross-platform play. Sony, I love you and the games you’ve given me to enjoy throughout my young, and adult life… but for the love of God, swallow your pride and tear down these computerized walls!
Remember back when the PS4 and Xbox One were being hyped up? Microsoft came out and made that awful statement about how players would basically need to purchase the game if they wanted to share it with friends. Sony in glorious fashion showed players how easy it would be to share a game with a friend, no purchase on their end was required.
Everyone laughed, and Microsoft came off like a pretentious asshole. Obviously, they changed that strategy and players have no issues sharing their games with friends… Well, now Sony is being the pretentious one, with this resistance to cross-platform play.
In a beautiful, blunt, amazing statement, Bethesda’s head Spokesman, Pete-fucking-Hines told Game Informer that any platform that doesn’t allow cross-console play will be excluded from their game, Elder Scrolls: Legends‘ launch later this year. Now, Hines did not specifically call out Sony or their PS4 console, but it is common knowledge that no other console has been hesitant to allow cross-platform play, so in reality, we know who he was sending a message to.
During QuakeCon 2018, Hines told Game Informer that Bethesda’s expectations “are essentially non-negotiable.” So, either Sony will need to deal with the angry players missing out on Elder Scrolls: Legends or they’re going to need to comply. Presently, Elder Scrolls: Legends is available to play on any Windows, Mac, Android, or iOS device. Hines stated that they are “currently discussing the matter with its platform partners,” looking at you Sony.
During his conversation with Game Informer, Hines said, “We cannot have a game that works one way across everywhere else except for on this one thing. We can’t be talking about one version of Legends, where you take your progress with you, and another version where you stay within that ecosystem or its walled off from everything else. That is counter to what the game has been about.” And he is absolutely right.
During their E3 2018 showcase, Bethesda Softworks told fans that The Elder Scrolls: Legends was coming to Xbox One, PS4, and the Nintendo Switch sometime later this year. They followed that announcement up by stating that any progress made in the mobile or PC versions would directly transfer over to the console versions through the player’s Bethesda.net accounts. And that is exactly how simple cross-platform play should be!
Hines bolstered his statement further by telling Game Informer, “I’m just telling you that’s our stance. That is our intent. And that is our message. Not specific to anyone in particular, but to everyone we are talking about. This is 100 percent clear. This is what we are doing, what we need, and what we intend.” This is the equivalent of Hines walking in, throwing his dick on the table, and telling Sony, “Your fucking move.”
Hines seems adamantly clear that any console version of Elder Scrolls: Legends must cooperate their Bethesda.net user accounts, which already includes the Xbox One and Switch. PlayStation 4 games have been shown to work with PC versions of games before, so this shouldn’t be such a huge issue. However, those of you up to date in gaming news and culture will remember the issues Fortnite and Epic Games caused earlier this summer when Fortnite accounts used on Sony Consoles were locked out of the Switch version.
Again, Bethesda’s problems with Sony isn’t new news. Just this past July, the director of the upcoming Fallout 76, Todd Howard (the man, the myth, the legend) bluntly referred to Sony as an “unhelpful holdout” when it comes to cross-platform play. However, instead of making a stand like Bethesda is doing with Elder Scrolls: Legends, Fallout 76 is still coming to the PlayStation 4.
Even this week, Fortnite and Twitch star, Tyler “Ninja” Blevins told Polygon, “I think Sony can make a huge statement in gaming by allowing cross-platform across the board.” Thanks for your input there Ninja, insightful stuff.
If nothing else, Sony is consistent. Their position on cross-console play has not wavered, aside from an embarrassing statement made by the president and CEO of Sony Interactive, Shawn Layden, back in July. He told a Eurogamer journalist who implied Sony wasn’t listening to their players on the issue, “We’re hearing it.” Layden went on to say, “We’re looking at a lot of the possibilities. You can imagine that the circumstances around that affect a lot more than just one game. I’m confident we’ll get to a solution which will be understood and accepted by our gaming community, while at the same time supporting our business.”
The thing is, it seems quite simple to allow cross-platform gaming. Nintendo and Microsoft teamed up in a brilliant cross-platform promotion in which players in Minecraft were shown seamlessly enjoying playing together across the Xbox One and Nintendo Switch consoles. So, it is possible, Sony is just holding out; and for a company that has always prided themselves on delivering fantastic experiences for us, the consumer, their stance on cross-platform play certainly makes an opposite statement.
As Bethesda and Pete Hines (you beautiful bastard) continue to pressure Sony, n3rdabl3 will continue to keep tabs on this ridiculous nonsense. Should Sony allow cross-platform gaming or is their stance valid? Be sure to let us know in the comments below, and for all of your gaming, movie, and comic needs keep checking back with us here at n3rdabl3, we’ve got you covered!