The Elder Scrolls: Legends Crossplay Potential Is “Non-Negotiable,” According to Bethesda
During E3 2018, Bethesda announced that its collectible card game The Elder Scrolls: Legends would be making the jump to consoles later this year. While no consoles were named specifically at that time, it was assumed that all current-gen consoles – PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch – would play host to the strategy game. That said, Bethesda has also stated that the game will only launch on consoles that support crossplay between all its available versions, including Android and iOS. This suggests that the game may not actually be making its way to the PlayStation 4, given Sony’s feelings on cross-play.
In a recent interview with Game Informer, Bethesda’s Pete Hines discussed the cross-play feature in The Elder Scrolls: Legends, and how both cross-platform play and cross-platform progress is a must-have on any platform that wishes to host the game. “It is our intention in order for the game to come out, it has to be those things on any system,” Hines said. “We cannot have a game that works one way across everywhere else except for on this one thing.“
The way the game works right now on Apple, Google, Steam, and Bethesda.net, it doesn’t matter where you buy your stuff, if you play it on another platform that stuff is there. It doesn’t matter what platform you play on, you play against everyone else who is playing at that moment. There’s no ‘Oh, it’s easier to control, or it has a better framerate on this system.’ It’s a strategy card game. It doesn’t matter.”
At this point, the Game Informer employee asked Hines if that meant that there is a chance that The Elder Scrolls: Legends won’t come out for the PlayStation 4 if Sony doesn’t change its tune on cross-platform play. “We continue to talk to all of our platform partners,” Hines said.
But those [terms] are essentially non-negotiable. 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 or its walled off from everything else. That is counter to what the game has been about.”
Hines was then reminded that Sony shut down Fortnite’s cross-play capabilities on the PlayStation 4. “I am aware,” he said. “I’m just telling you that’s our stance. That is our intent. And that is our message. Not specific to anyone in particular, but to everyone we are talking about. This is 100 percent clear. This is what we are doing, what we need, and what we intend.”
While Hines did not at any point name Sony specifically, the ball is once again in Sony’s court in regards to cross-platform play. Here’s hoping that they change their tune, as Bethesda would also love to enable cross-platform play for Fallout 76.
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