Showing posts with label Cross-Play. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Cross-Play. Show all posts

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Fortnite Cross-Play Beta Launched on PS4

Sony is finally bringing a beta cross-platform feature to PS4 today with free-to-play game Fortnite.

For long Sony had this weird arrogance of not allowing cross-platform play with Microsoft and Nintendo console owners. Even after being relentlessly ridiculed by gamers from all around the world about it, they had been maintaining their stubborn take on cross-play.

However, their policy has been reversed for good and today they announced of launching a Fortnite cross-platform beta. Now players owning a PlayStation 4 console can jump into adventure with fellow brethrens over Nintendo Switch, PC and Xbox One.

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Fortnite Cross-Play Beta Launched on PS4

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Back in June, when a version of Fortnite Battle Royale was released for Switch, players quickly discovered that their Epic Games account linked with PlayStation are being restricted to use, which has disappointed many and created a huge controversy overnight.

Although Sony initially apologized and promised to work on a solution but as time went by, it became very clear that they are not going to do anything about it. It even led to fall in their stock price while they took heat on social media.

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However, they have finally come forward to take a step toward the future for better by allowing a beta for cross-platform play with Epic Games' massively popular multiplayer title across Android, iOS, Mac, PC, Switch and Xbox One.

For a time being, they will be testing technical aspects and will allow this feature to more select third party content eventually. For the sake of providing a better gaming experience for everyone, Sony is making a change to their policy and we believe people will appreciate it.

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On their official Blog, President and Global CEO of PlayStation, John Kodera have stated the following regarding their cross-play initiative.

We see the beta as an opportunity to conduct thorough testing that ensures cross-platform play is best on PlayStation, while being mindful about the user experience from both a technical and social perspective.

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This may very well turn the tide of things and a huge turning point for the industry as they gave up their economic concerns. They were even scorned by publisher studio Bethesda for their backward perspective over things a few months back.

However, we must not lose sight that how they specifically mentioned about introducing the concept to more third party content soon but only to the ones "selected", which leaves more room for disappointment in the foreseeable future.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Nintendo Open to All Third-Party Games Cross-Play

Nintendo has decided to be opened up and allow cross-play experience on all third-party games from now.

For the past few years, developer/publisher Nintendo has been doing quite well with their next-gen handheld console Nintendo Switch. Being a portable system, it immediately grabbed attention of players who want to play as they go, thus dominating video game market these days by selling the console as well as a number of popular third-party games. Lately, being very supportive towards cross-platform play than some of their competitors has made a good name for them as well.

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Nintendo Open to All Third-Party Games Cross-Play

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The concept of cross-play where players from different console or platform shares the same game servers is very popular now and Nintendo has been nothing but very supportive towards the idea. This progressive attitude towards their consumer has garnered great appreciation from fans. The company has teamed up with Microsoft to allow Switch to play sandbox survival game Minecraft with Xbox One players by releasing an engaging commercial to highlight the key features.

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Heralding their upcoming agenda, Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima and senior executive officer Susumu Tanaka has stated that they are very much eager and willing to make cross-play platform experience an option for gamers. Entire gaming industry has been in debate over whether or not cross-platform play should be supported by all and when Sony went salty over using the same account to play Fortnite on Switch, players and game studios started to take the issue seriously.

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Their plans to share multi-platform for third-party titles are confirmed at their 78th Annual General Meeting of Shareholders. Nintendo Switch fans should rejoice at this news as their multiplayer experience will be of next level in upcoming days. Fortnite and Minecraft have already paved the ways of unlimited possibilities and became a huge hit instantly. Compared to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, Nintendo only sold 15 million units of Switch but those numbers are still rising.

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It was about time that Microsoft and Nintendo become real smart about it, rather than becoming a party-pooper like Sony. It helped them build reputation as well as making good business. However, they have just taken a decision and it may take some time to properly implement it for all because of all the parties involved.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Bungie and Microsoft Considering Destiny 2 Cross-Play

Developer Bungie and Microsoft are interested to add cross-play feature to online-only multiplayer shooter Destiny 2.

Developer studio Bungie has made a name for them with the success of multiplayer first-person shooter Destiny franchise and Destiny 2 has been quite triumphant as well. However, the game is allegedly dying and the company is doing their best to bring their players back. Aside from announcing their third expansion Forsaken, they are considering offering cross-play with D2 and since Microsoft is interested as well, it seems like a good opportunity to play it throughout a wide variety of platforms if not all.

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Bungie and Microsoft Considering Destiny 2 Cross-Play

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After initially debuting on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, the game shortly arrived on PC in 2017 only a month after. Players are all drawn into large, futuristic shared world where they play the role of a Guardian of good trying to protect The Last City from an invasion of alien warlord Dominus Ghaul and his Red Legion. Gamers have played the campaign over and over, while participating in many raids and timed community events in multiplayer mode, which is limited to respective platforms.

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When asked about the possibility of introducing cross-play to their game, Steve Cotton and Scott Taylor from developer team stated that this is a concept they talk about frequently but currently there is nothing at works regarding this unique feature. Also, there is no chance of having this aspect added to the game before launch of Forsaken DLC. However, it seems that Bungie is very enthusiastic about introducing this feature to D2, we might not have to wait for too long to see it.

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Xbox President Mike Ybarra also created a poll on Twitter last month seeking fan response on whether they want to see Destiny 2 get a shared platform gaming experience or not and he got 87 percent of response positive.



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Destiny 2 cross-play is a long-cherished fanboy dream that needs to come true as soon as possible and Bungie has been very willing to come on board with that plan. However, things might take an interesting turn considering PlayStation is commonly regarded as the lead console for the series, who adds exclusive content for their platform in each expansion pack and their recent controversies of not willing to offer cross-play on PS4 has already put them in a sticky situation.

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Sony faced major backlash regarding account restriction of Fortnite for other consoles and Bethesda has also called them out for not being friendly to make cross-play available on upcoming Fallout 76 game. They seem not to care if they lose players and keep the multiplayer to themselves as they have just sold over 80 million PlayStation 4 units till date. D2: Forsaken will debut on September 4 for all three major platforms and they all would be busy for some time enjoying the new DLC.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Fallout 76 Have No Cross-Play, Because of Sony

Forthcoming action RPG Fallout 76 from Bethesda won’t have cross-platform play, because Sony is reluctant to support the feature.

Considering upcoming action role-playing game Fallout 76 from Bethesda Softworks is going to be the first online multiplayer title of the series but it will not have the cross-platform play feature in it and Sony Entertainment is the one to blame for that. When asked about why they won't support cross-play in their latest forthcoming title, director and creative leader of Bethesda, Todd Howard set the record straight by stating how Sony was not as helpful as everyone else.

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Fallout 76 Have No Cross-Play, Because of Sony

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There was a time when cross-play over different gaming platforms might have sounded like a far-fetched idea but these days, they are not. However, for owners of Sony consoles, they still are a dream. Many players would have hoped to have the experience though this game but seems like; they are more worried about not getting the cut and not being left out. They simply did not like the concept of someone spending money for games on other platform and then trying to play it on their consoles.

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Fallout 76 is releasing worldwide in November 14, 2018 for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Microsoft has already came on board with cross- console play a few months ago with Rocket League but Sony was not as sporting as their competitor and decided not to participate. Most recently, the company raised their bar of ridiculousness by preventing players from using their Fortnite account to play the game on Nintendo Switch. They are taking the same stand with Fallout series as well.

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Director Howard said that they had plans to include cross-platform for multiplayer in their game but that is currently not possible because of Sony, as they weren't as helpful as the studio wanted them to be. This clearly signifies that developers are quite pissed at their policy but maybe serious pressure from everyone can make them change their mind. Microsoft and Nintendo already teamed up for this initiative of sharing their platform with games like Minecraft and Fortnite.

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Todd Howard Calls Out Sony

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Allowing cross-platform play is very consumer friendly step as many gamers have their friends who own a different console and would still love to join in for a game together. It was the courtesy of former Sony Online Executive John Smedley, we know now that the company only didn't take part because of a dumb reason like money and not considering player satisfaction at all. In their defense, they pointed out that Sony wouldn't take part in order to provide a safe experience for their players.

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Back in 216, when Bethesda allowed mod support for Fallout 4 and The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim Special Edition on PC and Xbox One through "Creation Club", the service was not available on PlayStation 4. When inquired, the publisher revealed that they were forced to give up because of their critical evaluation process that doesn't want players to be able to do anything they wanted. While they were holding back PS4 players, Microsoft didn't waste time to take leverage over their competitor.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Anthem Won't Have Cross-Play or DLC at Launch

Though BioWare's Anthem is an intriguing project, it has no plans for cross-platform play or post-launch DLC content just yet!

With game-playing experience for players evolving every passing hour, cross-play is already the next big-thing for gaming industry and while everyone else is embracing this trend, Sony decides to be the grumpy uncle in all of this. Microsoft Studios and Nintendo have lately teamed up for sandbox video game Minecraft in a commercial, which made Sony look even bad. Looks like developer BioWare is also planning to lag behind with their upcoming action role-playing game Anthem.

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Anthem Won't Have Cross-Play or DLC at Launch

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Being an online multiplayer game, Anthem sure has the potential to be enjoyed over cross-platform play. What we saw by far at E3 2018 press conference, huge scope for exploring the story and rich gameplay will only be increased if players are allowed to play together over PC and consoles concurrently. However, despite everyone hoping for the game to be a milestone example of how much fun cross-play can be, BioWare is apparently opting out of that idea for now if not permanently.

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Executive producer Mark Darrah of the developer studio has been answering a lot of questions from fans on Twitter and one such topic was about cross-play. When asked, he simply stated that currently they have no plans for that during the release but that doesn't mean they would never do that in any point. So, we can probably keep our hope alive just on the basis of that comment. Belonging to PC, who has many friends over consoles have to sit this one down for now and the time being.



RELATED: Anthem E3 Trailer

Playing in squads are always fun and the way BioWare has build a vast world for their action RPG could become a huge hit if they would've embraced the movement but this push-back might not be appreciated by the players. Then in another Tweet, someone asked for their plans regarding any post-launch DLC content and that particular response wasn't very cheering either. It appears that the developers are treating the project on "games-as-service" model but that can change as well.



RELATED: Anthem Gameplay Details

If they could only considered this idea of playing over all platforms together, it could become a huge selling point for the game for sure. BioWare's online multiplayer game Anthem is currently marked for a February 22, 2019 release on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. No matter how anticipating the game is, the news of it being devoid of cross-play or any post-launch DLC sounds like a nightmare that would diminish the fun in overall.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Minecraft Nintendo Switch Cross-Play

Minecraft brings cross-play with Better Together update to let players team up on Nintendo Switch and Xbox One in a new trailer.

Playing your favorite games with friends on cross-platform is bliss and these days, developers and publishers are keeping that in mind. We all know how popular Minecraft is among fans already and everyone just wants to take part for some fun crafting experience. An update titled, Better Together was released last year that let players to enjoy the game on PC, Xbox One, mobile and VR devices together. That list of cross-playing platforms just included Nintendo Switch to the fold.

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Minecraft Nintendo Switch Cross-Play

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You should go ahead and check out the brand-new trailer of Nintendo Switch cross-play of the game for more information.




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Using the Bedrock engine, the game was made available for the trendy next gen console of Nintendo. Alongside many other popular lists of Nintendo games, it will sure add a lot of value to the platform as Minecraft is now the second best-selling video game of all time with more than 144 million units. While you can customize your game with in-game store community contents and this version comes with the Super Mario Mash-Up Pack. That sure makes you jump with joy, right?

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If you happen to have a copy of the original Switch Edition game then all you have to do is to download this new version of Minecraft or just get it directly from Nintendo eShop. Don't worry about all of your DLC contents as you can just transfer them to the new version easily. You will need a free Microsoft account for cross-play on Switch with other participants from different devices and platforms. Plus, it will come in handy to get Minecoins and making purchase on marketplace.

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Nintendo and Microsoft Team-Up

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With help from SkyBox Labs, Microsoft has taken this joint effort to bring together their fan-base and increase the pleasure of playing together. One thing that seemed odd is that while both of these companies are promoting a competitor’s console so positively, Sony decides to be a grumpy old grandpa and not allowing cross-platform play on their consoles. They already are in a controversy regarding not letting players use their Epic Games accounts on PlayStation 4 for other consoles.

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That situation has been worsened and the Minecraft developer team has been trying to reach out to them for some time to bring the experience to PS4 but they simply won't join the parade. Where Microsoft and Nintendo chooses to play together and survive together, Sony is probably rooting for survive alone and being left behind.