Even though the remastered version of Dark Souls is coming out on the Xbox One, Playstation 4, PC, and Nintendo Switch, fans who might have been hoping for Dark Souls Remastered cross platform play will have their dreams crushed, as Bandai Namco has confirmed that that won’t be available in the game.
Dark Souls was what really catapulted From Software into the spotlight after Demon’s Souls, and gave rise to the Soulsborne genre as it got more popular. The game is seen as a classic of the last console generation, and now it being remastered and brought to the current generation will probably be a boon for both newcomers and veterans.
The original games didn’t have cross-platform play either, but with the ability to play between two different consoles finding success in games like Rocket League and Minecraft, some gamers were likely hoping that Dark Souls would follow the same path. However, that’s not the case.
Often, Sony and Microsoft haven’t seen eye to eye on cross platform play because Sony wants to protect its younger audience members from seeing things that are harmful or distressing. Why any child would be playing Dark Souls we’ll never know, but that’s likely the main reason why Dark Souls Remastered cross platform play isn’t happening.
With that in mind, players who want to play Dark Souls Remastered with a friend will have to do it on a single console, unless they have multiple ones. While Dark Souls isn’t necessarily always-online multiplayer, it’s still a pretty big part of the game, as other players can leave you messages giving you advice or warnings, and you can summon players from other worlds to get help on a tough boss or getting through a tough area.
Either way, while Dark Souls Remastered cross platform play isn’t happening, you can still buy the game on the Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Playstation 4, and PC on May 25 of this year.