Overwatch cross-play discussions underway for Xbox One and PS4

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Cross-platform multiplayer has been among this year's top trends, with major platform holders breaking down barriers between consoles. Microsoft and Nintendo have been among those leading the efforts, and while initially averse, Sony is now embracing Fortnite cross-play. With three major consoles now ready, it's up to publishers to offer support via games.

Overwatch developer, Blizzard Entertainment, is the latest to share its thoughts on cross-play, via an interview with Eurogamer. Speaking at its annual BlizzCon convention, game director, Jeff Kaplan, reportedly talked plans for its hero-based shooter.

We're super-excited about what's going on with cross-play in all sorts of different games, from Rocket League to Fortnite, and we are constantly in discussions with the first-parties, Microsoft and Sony, to see where they're at and gauge where their temperature is at. It's something that would be very exciting for us to pursue.

Expanding, Kaplan touched on the current state of Overwatch cross-play.

We are definitely having conversations that we're interested in the thought of it.It's very complicated - from a technology standpoint, a game design standpoint, and from a business relationship standpoint. But we would be excited to tackle all of those challenges; we would love to try. We're gamers; "Why can't my buddies on this system or that system play together?" We sympathize with that, we want to be able to do that too.

It's still early days for cross-play, especially on PlayStation 4, with a beta underway for Fortnite. For Overwatch, the move will help bolster its multiplayer-focused gameplay, with a stronger population and player flexibility.

If you missed BlizzCon 2018, don't miss the latest Overwatch announcements, including new hero, "Ashe." In the meantime, Overwatch is now available for $48 on Amazon (opens in new tab).

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Matt Brown is Windows Central's Senior Editor, Xbox & PC, at Future. Following over seven years of professional consumer technology and gaming coverage, he’s focused on the world of Microsoft's gaming efforts. You can follow him on Twitter @mattjbrown.

  • Am I the only one who isn't overly bothered. I mean, yes it's nice and if you have friends on other systems it's good. Much prefer an elbow in the ribs sat next to each other on the sofa when I beat them!
  • Then u don't get it
  • What are you talking about? o_O
  • You'r right man. Now let me hop a plane every week so I can play with my friends on Playstation back in Philadelphia.
  • I agree, This looks more like ammunation in a stupid fanboy console war.
  • Every game should be cross play. It's only common sense. It's stupid enough that there are separate hardware platforms and exclusives.
  • Oh another one... Exclusives are important. Different companies making different console is good because it brings competition. I wouldn't want Sony or MS to be the only one making console.
  • tbh I'd be a lot more interested in PC crossplay since I play on both with different friend groups (not that I'm against PS4 at all though). Controller vs Keyboard is a factor there so maybe restrict in in comp and just having it in QP and arcade. Now if they would just let my skins carry over.
  • Wait, so now that Sony is warming to the idea of crossplay, nobody cares about it? People are weird.
  • Well, it was mainly ammunition for a silly console war by the said people.