Cross-platform play is a wanted feature for many games. Blizzard was exploring the idea of Overwatch cross platform which never led anywhere. Meanwhile, GabeN gave the green light for cross-platform play with consoles which gave us Killer Instinct and Street Fighter V. However, Halo Wars 2 crossplay was rejected by 343i.
The upcoming Tekken 7 is a hotly anticipated fighting game and the community is once again hoping for cross-platform play between all three platforms. Discussing Tekken 7 cross-platform play, Katsuhiro Harada stated that working in the cross-platform feature is a technical headache. He explained that people have only seen examples of Street Fighter V and Killer Instinct and don’t realize how difficult it is for developers to implement cross-platform for all three platforms.
Both Street Fighter V supports PS4 to PC and Killer Instinct support Xbox One to PC cross-platforms.
If it was like Rocket League or a game where you have a game server, maybe there’s a little bit more that you can do, but since Tekken is peer to peer, you’re connecting directly between two opponents, so rather than a technological hurdle, it’s more about being able to find a security protocol that Xbox Live and PSN would both find suitable, because you’d have to connect between those users, or for the PC, how do you have one game connect to at the same time PSN, but then for a different opponent Xbox Live?
The ones we just mentioned, you only have to worry about between the Xbox One and PC or only between PS4 and PC, so it’s a lot easier. So, just the hurdle between the regulations of the first parties and trying to do that on all three platforms is just too big. Many people probably don’t realize what this entails, because they only see those two examples of Street Fighter or Killer Instinct.
Tekken 7 cross-platform play for all three platform is not on the cards for the time being. The game is releasing later this year for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.