Bethesda Talks A Stronger Line On Cross-Play

Bethesda Talks A Stronger Line On Cross-Play

But Bethesda may finally have the tipping point that could force Sony's hand, as the company made comments over the weekend regarding console ports of the hit card game The Elder Scrolls Legends that will either have it playing ball or not getting the game at all. He describes Legends as a game that offers "both cross-platform play and cross-platform progress", meaning that not only can you play with people on other platforms, but your progress is carried over as you move between those platforms.

Hines never named Sony explicitly and told Game Informer that Bethesda is in continued talks with all of its platform partners over the issue, "but those [terms] are essentially non-negotiable". "We can not have a game that works one way across everywhere else except for on this one thing", Hines added. PS4 owners also couldn't play with people who owned those consoles, either, which effectively separated them from other console players.

In an interview with Game Informer, Bethesda senior vice president of marketing and communications Pete Hines was pretty clear in saying that The Elder Scrolls: Legends won't launch on consoles that don't allow cross-platform functionality. While one Sony executive recently said he was "confident" a cross-platform "solution" was coming in the future, this is the kind of thing that could make it come that much faster.


While Hines didn't name Sony specifically, this cross-platform position would seem to be an obvious sticking point for the previously announced PS4 version of the game. There's no 'Oh, it's easier to control, or it has a better framerate on this system.' It's a strategy card game. There's a difference between wanting to have platform exclusives-though many people would probably kill to play a "Super Mario" game on a non-Nintendo platform-and hindering attempts to bridge the gap between gaming devices. "We can't be talking about one version of Legends, where you take your progress with you, and another version where you stay within that ecosystem". "That is counter to what the game has been about". Sony infamously locked heads with Bethesda when it came to supporting console mods for Fallout 4 and Skyrim.

It's worth remembering that Bethesda's Todd Howard has called Sony out before, too.

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