Aliens: Fireteam is supposedly just around the corner, with a release window of Summer 2021. The third-person co-op shooter from developer Cold Iron Studios takes place on a separate timeline from the main franchise series, taking players through a narrative campaign set two decades after the events of Alien 3. The game takes on the format popularized by co-op games like Vermintide and Left 4 Dead. Players will have to go through difficult PvE missions in teams of three, fighting against hordes of xenomorphs and striving to complete mission objectives.
Aliens: Fireteam is coming out on almost every gaming platform on the market. The game will be available on Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and on PC via Steam. As Fireteam is a cooperative game, many players may naturally be wondering if they would be able to connect and play with friends on other platforms. Unfortunately, at the moment it seems the answer is no.
During a June 16 interview with GameSpot, Cold Iron Studios CEO Craig Zinkievich stated that Aliens: Fireteam Elite will not support crossplay between separate platforms, although it will support cross-gen play on the same family of consoles. In other words, PlayStation 4 players will be able to team up their friends on PlayStation 5, and Xbox One players can do the same with Xbox Series S/X players, but players on either console can’t play with PC players, nor with each other. Moreover, Zinkievich stated that crossplay is not something the studio is looking to implement at the moment. We can only hope that Aliens: Fireteam Elite is successful enough to justify the addition of crossplay down the line.