Todd Howard blames Fallout 76’s lack of cross-platform play on Sony

    
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The reason you won’t be able to play Fallout 76 with your friends on consoles is because of Sony, according to Bethesda studio director Todd Howard. A recent interview with a German site had Howard claiming that while Bethesda would like to do cross-platform play, “Sony is not as helpful as everyone would like.” Bethesda declined to elaborate on the statement when asked for further clarification by Polygon.

Cross-platforming issues have been in the news quite a bit recently, with Fortnite’s launch on Nintendo Switch being coupled with the surprising lack of cross-platform play for PlayStation 4 players. The last statement from the company was that it was “looking into possibilities,” so it remains to be seen both whether or not those possibilities will bear fruit and whether or not they’ll be resolved in time for everyone to enjoy Fallout 76 together.

Source: GameStar.de via Polygon
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Grave Knight

Sony really loves their isolationism. Guess they never took history class or they would know why that never works out for the isolationists.

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Robert Mann

If I was going to ever play… it would be “Together, alone.” AKA, with specific friends and nobody else allowed on. Because the last thing I want is some random jerk who’s only goal is to see where people are and go try to kill them.

That said, cross platform does not matter to me at all, except that it tends to result in games that look worse than designed for PC specifically. Something about hardware differences…

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Loyheta

So… why not do crossplay with everyone else and when they see these games outselling on every other console, maybe they’ll unclench their butts

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Crowe

I’d be all for that. However, if I was to console it, I wouldn’t buy an Xbox so that would really limit my options. (just never liked it) I do have a PS3 though. Then again, I’m not really a console guy. PC-only for anything that would need time investment.

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Life_Isnt_Just_Dank_Memes

Todd’s line is a load of crap though. Sony would happily do crossplay with PC just not with other consoles. I play Street Fighter V on PC with people on PS4 all the time. Same goes for Rocket League.

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Dystopiq

They want cross play between all systems. Sony does not. Therefore his statement is correct.

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Life_Isnt_Just_Dank_Memes

im reading it as they will forego crossplay for anything if they can’t get it all to work together. i think they are foregoing steam and releasing it on their own bethesda launcher this time anyways. i could be wrong, but preorders are live and it’s not for sale on steam which is a totally different tact for them considering how well their games have sold on the platform in the past.

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Sorenthaz

I find it hilarious how Sony was fine with crossplay a few years ago back when Microsoft was super against it.

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Crowe

Yeah, I hear ya. I think Microsoft has… gotten over their insecurity? Not sure. But that’s how it feels. Let their console stand on its own measures while still dominating the PC field and they have a couple of bases covered well enough.

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Arktouros

The whole walled garden approach is why I’ve avoided consoles entirely and largely oppose it coming anywhere near PC.

That said I think t’s interesting because as much as certain individuals despise/hate on the term “games as a service” it’s the exact kind of game design that will lead to tearing down the walls of console exclusivity. If Nintendo, Xbox and PC players are all together and Sony out on it’s own int he next generation as games get more and more connected that’s going to be a huge detracting point from their line up.

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Your Honor

Having 70 million people playing on your platform is a selling point that Sony has.
If they allowed crossplay it’s no longer a selling point, simple as.

They will cave though, everyone is doing crossplay now and Sony is starting to look like a prick. Personally, I don’t care either way.

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Pepperzine

The reason I won’t be playing Fallout 76 with my friends on console is because none of them (or myself) have any interest in a survival gankbox that is Fallout themed.

As much as I love Fallout, the design plans they’ve laid out sounds like an abomination of the Fallout experience that the franchise is known and revered for.

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Jeremy Barnes

I feel like there needs to be a pamphlet on this, “So the best idea you have is a gankbox…”

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Robert Mann

ROFL. First page: IF you are making it just for the quick cash and care nothing about reputation or upsetting fans, proceed. Just call it what it is to minimize the damage.

Otherwise, read the rest of the pamphlet for reasons why you may want to reconsider!

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Pepperzine

I’m very skeptical that video will direct me how to play fallout 76 as a story rich rpg with branching decisions while changing the emphasis from being focused on building settlements.

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Mick the Barbarian

I’ll be setting up a private server for a bunch of friends. If that means holding off for 6 months, so be it.

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Zora

Well ecosystems have always been like that, in the heads of top brass of every company it’s imperative for every platform to isolate users from competition.

For all my sympathy for the sentiment, unless Howard requested specifically for cross-platform play as a requisite, it’s a bit naive to think it would be in the cards when it’s hardly the industry norm.

Time to work on that Bargaining skill-up, Todd. Try reloading a previous save and see if Sony play along with it maybe? :P

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Schmidt.Capela

Well ecosystems have always been like that,

Kinda. There’s a big exception in Android, given that you can disable the “walled” part of “walled garden” from a configuration menu, and from that point onward install software from any provider you want (and deal with the consequences if you choose your software purveyors poorly).

Which, incidentally, is why I use Android exclusively for my mobile devices. I don’t care about how good or convenient Apple (or Microsoft) mobile offerings are, if I can’t install software from whoever I choose without jailbreaking the device I’m not purchasing it.

As for cross-play itself, it’s slowly becoming the industry norm, at least between consoles and the PC, even Sony does that (and already did it back in the PS3 times). What Sony doesn’t accept is cross-play with competing consoles.

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xanadox

The issue with fornite’s launch on Switch was the kidnapping of player’s accounts by sony.
If you play Fallout 76 on PS4, will the account be banned on other systems?

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Tanek

That does seem to be how they operate, unless there is enough pressure to give them a reason to change.

Could be that “We allow cross-play” is going to be the new “we’re removing lockboxes” with companies trying to get on the goodwill bandwagon.

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Mick the Barbarian

What’s the story there? Once you link an Epic account with Sony, is it locked out of all other platforms?

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xanadox

YES.

More info:

http://www.businessinsider.com/fortnite-nintendo-switch-ps4-2018-6?IR=T
https://www.polygon.com/e3/2018/6/15/17463556/fortnite-ps4-switch-cross-platform-sony

Sony RPs have tried (and won) to change this scandal to crossplay issue and Media follow their leaders.
It’s not (only) a crossplay issue.

The question someone should make:
If you play Fallout 76 on PS4, will the account be blocked on other systems?