Bethesda open to cross-play for Fallout 76, but Sony won't play ball
Fallout 76 could've featured cross-play between consoles.
Cross-play is quickly becoming a standard feature for many games despite the fact that Sony continues to hold out. Fortnite, Minecraft, and other titles allow Xbox One and Nintendo Switch customers to play together. It's safe to say that cross-play is the future of the industry and only one major hurdle remains.
In an interview between GameStar and Bethesda's Todd Howard, Howard revealed that the team wanted to add cross-play to Fallout 76. Unfortunately, that didn't happen because of certain restrictions. The following segment from GameStar's interview with Howard reveals why cross-play wasn't a part of Fallout 76. GameStar is a German publication so we translated the text to the best of our ability. The complete conversation is available as a free episode on GameStar TV.
It's unfortunate that Sony continues to hold out. However, it's understandable given PlayStation's considerable sales advantage over the competition. Maybe one day the company will reconsider, but it'll probably only happen if it is at a sales disadvantage in the future.
Even though Fallout 76 is entirely online, it isn't a massively multiplayer online game. At any given time you'll be playing with dozens of people, not thousands. It's similar to titles like Anthem and Destiny 2. However, if you don't like playing with other gamers, you can also experience the title on your own. However, it's much easier if you have help, especially when it comes to gathering resources and building.
Fallout 76 isn't a hardcore survival game like Ark: Survival Evolved or Conan Exiles. Bethesda's Todd Howard called it "softcore survival" but it's unclear what that means. It seems that the focus will mostly be on completing quests rather than mining resources or chopping down trees.
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XB1 hardly doesn't cross-play with windows games that are on steam for example.
So no, you're wrong PS4 still does more cross-play than MS. Sony just doesn't want to do cross-play with MS and switch.
I'm not talking about specifically console cross-play. I guess that's what you're talking about.
So maybe people should talk about console cross-play and not just cross-play as a whole.
That's when I talk about similar ecosystem.
When it comes to the Fornite issue, the problem is with epic accounts. Epic should be the one to solve that issue.
What benefit is there? The purpose of linking other platform's account to MY ACCOUNT system is so that I can store data on my server. And when someone login using MY ACCOUNT or BINDED MY ACCOUNT, they can continue their progress. Why the hell would I lock MY ACCOUNT for Sony from Nintendo? It's common with Facebook account with games. Why the hell Facebook want to lock one account for iOS/Android from Android/iOS? And you call yourself programmer... Please, quit.
Epic are managing their account. The accounts can only be linked to one console at a time. So it's basically a problem with how the account is designed.
Here Epic should be contacted to fix the problem because they manage the Epic account.
lol I never said it was easy. Stop putting words in my mouth.
A very illogical thing a programmer can ever say... helpless.
And which binded-account you gonna use when you want to play it from Epic Launcher or iOS? Might as well just login with your Sony, MS or Nintendo account without binding any Epic account. No cross-play from the start. Show me an interview or article stating Epic said they designed their system this way.
Not even the world's stupidest programmer can design something this dumb.
Talk about misinforming people!! Can you stop lying?
Besides steam, GOG, PS4 does cross play Mac, iOS, Android and Linux.
He's argument is "Epic's fault, cause 1 Epic account can only bind to 1 console. Epic specifically designed their system this way"
Make sense to you from a programming's (or a business's) point?
Do you have a link to that or are you just making it up?
We've had devs say it actually worked but MS didn't want it.
MS people said this:
"Because we can't guarantee this level of quality, or control the player experience on other consoles or gaming networks, we currently do not open our network to games that allow this cross-over capability."
Talking about protecting their user base, this is about the same excuse Sony are giving now.
What's really funny is that cross-play has never been a priority for Asher Madan of windowscentral and most of the XB/MS fans complaining about it now. I really question if they really care about it. If you did then please show me your old comments where you bashed MS for refusing to do it. Also where are your comments where you actually asked MSto do it this gen? (PS4 does more cross-play with non-sony platforms than XB1 with non-MS platforms) For me it's clear, most the XB/MS fans complaining here are just doing it because it's an easy ammunition in this silly console war.
This is the exact same reason why most MS/XB fans starting hyping BC only after E3 2015 and resolution only after E3 2016.
Priorities change depending on what the company is doing currently...
The reason why I mentioned Asher Madan was because he is the one who wrote this article. Simple. How can I not react when someone say "Cross-play is quickly becoming a standard feature for many games despite the fact that Sony continues to hold out."
It's becoming a standard??? MANY games?
What's many? Around 10 and moslty tiny indies games? Tread carefully?
That's so funny when you are resorting to name-calling when you are implying that I'm a "fanboy".
Note: I didn't insult or attack anyone personally here. All I'm doing here is stating facts. I'm not here to defend Sony, as they don't want to do cross-play with MS. That's their decision and they have to live with it. If they get trashed for not allowing cross-play with MS or Switch then fair enough, I don't care about that. But here people say they don't support cross-play and that is FALSE. Plain and simple.
And where did I even say I was happy about it? LOL My comment is about all this outcry that sounds so fake to me. Where were all these people prior to 2015 complaining to MS about not doing cross-play? Where were all these people before 2015 to say how important BC is? Where were all these people who are currently hyping resolution prior to 2016-2017? All these people should post links to their old posts where they lashed out at MS for doing the same or for hardly supporting cross-play with non-MS platform PC.
All these people should post link where they thought that BC was really important prior to 2015.
All these people should post link where they thought that resolution was really important prior to 2016. It's really interesting how this becomes the sort of battle people are fighting for when we currently have a major drought for years of major exclusives on XB1 compared to the competition. And it's likely to continue for more years.
This looks like smokescreen and diversion tactics to move the attention away from that.
Ok, Sony doesn't want to support cross play with MS. We know this for some time now. It looks like this is the major argument a pro-XB site has currently to help sell XB1...
Calling me a troll and say I "spew out xenophobic hatred" just because I say you only started talking about resolution since 2016. LOL Bye
My point is that cross-play existed for years now. For years this wasn't an issue.
We didn't see people saying "We won't buy 360s because MS doesn't do cross-play with the PS3".
We didn't see people going on saying "We won't buy XB1 because it doesn't do cross-play" prior to 2016.
BC became huge just after E3 2015 and the Scorpio was not even announced.
And that's the same thing with the importance of resolution. The history is there for everyone to see. XB/MS-centered media like this site and XB fans, brings up these issues depending on when it favours XB/MS. Sure these are issues that needs attention and needs to be talked about but here imo it's taken to the extreme. All that while ignoring the flaws that XB has. The whole thing looks like a marketing campaign. I'm not saying this whole site is like this, There are some great articles where they actually talk of the industry, gaming and even the strategies of XB in the future. But then there are so many of these articles that imo just blows things way out of proportion in a goal to promote XB/MS.
And also all the XB fans who are making it sound like a major issue, reasons to boycott a console all together.
Those people fighting a silly console war...
I'm not the one who say that I won't buy a console just because I can't play around 10 (mostly smaller indie games) with people of another console.
Around 10 out of what thousands of game is considered "many"?
Ok then, talk about propaganda... Bye