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Fallout 76 - Bethesda Would Love Crossplay, But Sony Isn’t Helpful

04 July 2018

As Microsoft and Nintendo continue to promote their support of Cross Play technology for their respective consoles this summer, Sony has been staunchly opposed to participating in a campaign of uniformity.

"That to us means two things", said Todd Howard, director of Bethesda Game Studios, when Eurogamer asked him what it means to say that Starfield will be next-gen. Sony's unwillingness to play nice with other platform holders seems to have quashed plans for cross-play in yet another game, and this time around, it's Bethesda's Fallout 76.

"We would love to have that, but now this isn't possible", Howard said.

Sony has already been the subject of similar backlash - a few weeks ago players discovered that if they had ever logged in to their Fortnite account on a PlayStation 4, they were unable to use that account on an Xbox or Nintendo Switch.

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He describes Starfield as "different" but added that "if you sit down and play it you would recognise it as something we made if that makes sense?"

With the rise of PC gaming, a proliferation of indie game developers and new cooperation among AAA developers, Sony's exclusivity might get them left in the dust. "Sony isn't as helpful as everyone would like".

However, Sony has been a subject of major criticism regarding its handling of cross-play for Fortnite, as the company will not allow its players to play with Xbox One or Nintendo Switch players, while Microsoft and Nintendo have chose to allow cross-play for the popular battle royale title on their two consoles.

Sony Interactive Entertainment America President and CEO Shawn Layden recently offered hope that PlayStation 4 cross-play has a chance of happening.

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If there was any doubt about Sony being the stick in the mud where cross-play is concerned, that should be finally settled thanks to some words uttered by Fallout 76's Todd Howard.

Sony did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Fallout 76 has been seen as a flawless candidate for cross-platform play.

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Fallout 76 - Bethesda Would Love Crossplay, But Sony Isn’t Helpful