Bethesda Speaks Up On PlayStation 4’s Lack of Cross-Play, Says “It’s Critical”


Sony’s PlayStation 4 has been a part of many complicated discussions and debates recently. These regard to “cross-play” between the PS4 and other consoles and game studios humbly requesting the need of this function.

Earlier Fortnite, one of current world’s most widely-played game, was seen involved in this huge never-ending debacle. PS4 players couldn’t carry their progress over to other consoles when they logged in, restricting them to use their original accounts. If one of your friends has an Xbox One or the Switch, you can’t play together.

Bethesda has spoken of the issue as well. Pete Hines, Bethesda’s Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communication had a comprehensive talk with Robert Purchese, Senior Staff Writer at EuroGamer about the whole situation.

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Hines emphasised more on their new card game The Elder Scrolls Legends rather than Fallout 76 during the conversation. “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”, Hines said.

“There are 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, “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.”

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When asked if they’ll release The Elder Scrolls Legends or not if PS4 disagrees to allow cross-play functioning, Hines said, “I imagine the answer is fairly dire but I don’t want to jump to conclusions yet because there’s a lot of space between ‘yes’ and ‘no’.”

Bethesda is trying their best to convince Sony of the cross-play functioning and might find itself in tough situations with their future games. The former also assured players The Elder Scrolls Legends will only release on platforms with the ability to cross-play with players of other consoles and platforms.

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The debacle continues and there hasn’t been any solid response from Sony’s side. Although SIE Chairman Shawn Layden assured the community of several possibilities, we haven’t seen it progressing quite well.

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A gaming aficionado and an avid Dota 2 player, Pingal is the owner of Spiel Times and the main coordinator of the News section. His area of speciality, although not restricted, primarily includes that of speedy news coverage.

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