Electronic Arts open to cross-play across 'key franchises'

Cross-platform multiplayer has emerged as one of today's hottest gaming trends, bringing players together regardless of console. While gamers are traditionally segmented based on chosen hardware, titles like Fortnite, Rocket League, and Minecraft show cross-play in action. Its growth has proved divisive – many platform holders are actively pushing cross-play, while some face criticism for opposing expansion.

Fortnite was a key topic at Electronic Arts' recent earnings call (via GamesIndustry.biz), with executives keen to note the growth of the leading battle royale shooter. With the game's cross-play capabilities touted, VP of investor relations Chris Evenden, was asked how the publisher views its success. Eveden responded with an open mindset to cross-play, indicating interest in further exploring its capabilities at the publisher.

We're looking at key franchises in terms of how we can deliver cross-platform play in a similar way that Fortnite has, especially some of our titles that have a broad and diverse player base."

Furthermore, the company sees cross-play as a way to bring different audiences together, with the promise of more cross-play news in the future.

The ability to bring PC to mobile or mobile to console can bring family and friends together, and we think that's an important part of our future development profile. Expect more from us on that front in the future.

Despite pushback from some companies, cross-play is seemingly a big hit among some big titles. Opening more avenues to play and maintain stronger player bases, EA joins other major publishers keen to explore its prospects. While it appears unlikely that the upcoming Battlefield V and Anthem will offer cross-play support, it establishes strong foundations for the future.

Which Electronic Arts titles do you hope to see adopt cross-play? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Matt Brown

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  • Nice to hear that from EA, just don't count Sony in on that.
  • Cross-play is nice but I think the byproduct "cross-save" here is just as great!
  • Cross save is a bigger deal to me, but only because I like single player games. The games I play multiplayer on don't really have like a campaign or story to cross save.
  • It is actually big deal for Multiplayer to have cross save. I would like to have all my weapon unlocks / level progress sync over my other platforms as well.
  • I just wish I could play battlefield with my friends that owns a PS4 ... that would be awesome
  • That's least likely to happen. Xbox / PC / Mobile / Nintendo is possible.
  • Sadly (or for better) the current solution is not being on the Sony platform.
  • forget sony: "This is (was) for the gamers"
  • I'm glad another company is on board. Only one company is holding back AAA cross play now. I don't think people realize this is not just about Fortnite, Rocket League, and Mine craft. Its about the games like Battlefield and Call of Duty and many more that just don't have the option to bring up cross play because both companies need to be on board.
  • For FPS, I think Cross Save is much of a big deal rather than Cross Play.
  • @Copiondor - "Only one company is holding back AAA cross play now."…"because both companies need to be on board." How does Sony saying no to cross-play, stop cross-play for Xbox to PC on Battlefield and Call of Duty?
  • I would like to see my progression on games go from my Xbox to my PC. I wouldn't have to put double time into Battlefield. That's why Games Anywhere is a good idea.
  • I’m currently revisiting Dante’s Inferno, and all I can think about are all the studios like Visceral Games that EA has taken in and then folded. It’s awful.
  • Cross-platform for EA would mostly take the form of Xbox and PC since Sony tends to stay on the outs with this capability. So it's not incredibly intriguing.