Wargroove developer says Sony is still blocking Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PlayStation 4 cross-play
Let's play the blame game.
Cross-play is quickly becoming an industry standard as Microsoft and Nintendo lead the way. A lot of titles are cross-play between both platforms, and more games are constantly being updated with the feature. Unfortunately, Sony is still a little slow to the party and has only allowed a handful of games like Fortnite to implement the feature.
Many developers have spoken out in the past about Sony's restrictions, and how even to this day cross-play is hard to implement because Sony doesn't easily grant approval in the beta program. However, Shawn Layden, the current Chairman of Sony Internative Entertainment Worldwide Studios, claims otherwise.
In an interview with Game Informer, Layden placed the blame on developers because they haven't reached out to their PlayStation account managers. He said the following.
However, in response to this accusation, the Wargroove developer hit back. The head of Chucklefish — the team also behind titles like Stardew Valley — Finn Brice said the following.
It's evident that Sony is still making it hard for smaller developers to implement cross-play because they're being denied. It's unclear why Layden implied otherwise. Hopefully the two parties can work together to bring cross-play to Wargroove in the near future.
It's clear that cross-play is the future of the industry, but Sony has been reluctant due to its tremendous sales advantage over the Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. We may have to wait until next-generation consoles release in 2020 — and the console race starts again — for it to become a standard feature.
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