At E3 2018, Bethesda announced that The Elder Scrolls: Legends would be coming to home consoles in an effort to expand its audience. At the time, the game was confirmed to support cross-play between all systems. But Sony, in particular, has been avoiding cross-play like the plague for some time, so it seemed surprising that a card game from The Elder Scrolls would be one of the titles to support this feature across all platforms.
When speaking to Game Informer on this topic, Pete Hines of Bethesda once again confirmed the game would be cross-platform for all systems. However, the interviewer cut him off to make sure this applied to all consoles, as it had been assumed the PS4 would skip out on this feature. Hines made it a point to express how important this feature is to the game, and that Bethesda would not release it on any platform that will not support cross-play:
“It is our intention in order for the game to come out, it has to be those things on any system. We cannot have a game that works one way across everywhere else except for on this one thing. The way the game works right now on Apple, Google, Steam, and Bethesda.net, it doesn’t matter where you buy your stuff, if you play it on another platform that stuff is there. It doesn’t matter what platform you play on, you play against everyone else who is playing at that moment. There’s no ‘Oh, it’s easier to control, or it has a better framerate on this system.’ It’s a strategy card game. It doesn’t matter.” — Pete Hines
With this new information on the table, the first thought is that Sony either has to change its stance on cross-play, or the game might not release on the system at all. When asked about this, Hines vaguely responded without singling anybody out, but the message was clear.
“We continue to talk to all of our platform partners. But those [terms] are essentially non-negotiable. 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.” — Pete Hines
Hines was then reminded by Game Informer that Sony also declined to support cross-play on the insanely popular Fortnite, to which he simply said that he “was aware.” He again reiterated that while he wasn’t singling anybody out, The Elder Scrolls: Legends has to support this feature to fully realize their intentions with the game.
So it sounds like Sony needs to finally support this highly requested feature in games on their system. While competition is healthy to a certain extent, their current practices are hurting them more in the long run. People are now less likely to play online multiplayer games like Minecraft, Fortnite, and now The Elder Scrolls: Legends on PS4 simply because their friends have a different system. Hopefully, this will be a big enough deal to make Sony realize what they’re missing out on.
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Source: Game Informer