Cross-platform play has been a hot-button issue for almost as long as online gaming has been commonplace, and for some time now, Sony has been fairly well known as one of the staunchest opponents to its widespread adoption. Recently, however, Shawn Layden — chairman of Sony Interactive Entertainment Worldwide Studios — told Game Informer that Sony was “open for business” in regard to cross-platform play and that all developers have to do is ask.
Well, some devs have taken exception to that remark, claiming that Layden’s public claims don’t reflect their experiences working with the company. As GIbiz recounts, Finn Brice, CEO of Starbound and Wargroove publisher Chucklefish, is one of them. In a post on ResetEra, Brice wrote that during the development of Wargroove, the studio “made many requests for crossplay […] all the way up until release month” and that it was “told in no uncertain terms that it was not going to happen.”
Of course, Sony has allowed cross-platform play in certain games — namely Fortnite and more recently Rocket League — so it’s not unheard of, but it would nevertheless seem that Layden’s claims that developers need but ask and they shall receive are somewhat spurious.