Sony is once again in a quite weird situation for what matters cross-play on PlayStation 4.
The console has officially opened up its online gates to Fortnite and most recently to Rocket League, and according to SIE Worldwide Studios chairman Shawn Layden it is “open” for more to join the party.
“People keep saying, ‘Why doesn’t Sony allow more people to have it?’ We’re open for business on this one. All it takes is for publishers and developers who wish to permission it,” Layden told Game Informer.
“As ever, just work with your PlayStation account manager, and they will walk you through the steps that we’ve learned through our partnership with Epic on how this works. I don’t believe right now there is any gating factor on that. I think they’re open to make proposals, because the Fortnite thing worked pretty well.”
Anyway, this notion was refuted by Chucklefish’s CEO on ResetEra, where he said he was denied the permission to cross-play on Wargroove.
“We made many requests for crossplay (both through our account manager and directly with higher ups) all the way up until release month. We were told in no uncertain terms that it was not going to happen,” he said.
“From our side, we can *literally* toggle a switch and have it working. Of course policy work might be more complicated for Sony. Just wanted to provide some balance on the issue and say that it certainly isn’t a question of developers having not contacted their account managers or having dropped the ball. We were told no.”
Again, this is a quite weird and disappointing situation for PS4, which reveals that Sony really needs to look deeper into the matter.
Otherwise, the development scene could be arbitrarially split into two tiers, one with the permission to access cross-play, and to other without it.