Cross platform play has become more and more of a hot-button issue lately as a number of developers release games, only to be unable to make them cross-platform, mainly because of the various excuses that Sony is putting out for the Playstation 4. However, Bethesda cross platform games might change all that.
Sony has been in trouble for the cross platform portion of gaming for a while now due to various excuses that it thinks up to avoid having to share games with other consoles. These excuses ranged from the work it would require, to protecting its younger fanbase from being exposed to harmful content, but now they’ve stopped making excuses period.
Destiny and Destiny 2, for instance, have had their Playstation versions get extra weapons and armor and missions that the Xbox One and PC don’t have. Fortnite doesn’t allow you to carry progress between versions. And all sorts of different pre-order bonuses that are on the Playstation 4, but not on the Xbox One.
Bethesda, however, is putting its foot down now with the upcoming console port of The Elder Scrolls Legends, mainly how there’s absolutely no reason for it to not have cross platform play available. Unlike other would-be Bethesda cross platform games, no exclusive content, no differences in framerate or graphics, or anything that would otherwise prevent the game from being allowed on every console are included.
It’s been said previously that the main reason that Sony doesn’t want to open up cross-platform play (even though multiple studios, plus its various other competitors in the gaming market, are all saying that their games are ready to be made cross-platform and are just waiting on their say-so) is mainly the aspect of money, but the console has already carved out a huge lead among the various gaming consoles that that excuse doesn’t hold water anymore.
While other Bethesda cross platform games like the upcoming Elder Scrolls 6 might have been too risky to bet on with something like this, Elder Scrolls Legends, being a free to play game that doesn’t require much effort to keep running, is a good opportunity. Pete Hines of Bethesda has said that the game isn’t intended to be played walled off from other players, and is willing to fight Sony in order to ensure that cross platform play is implemented for Legends.
Legends could open Playstation’s doors to other cross platform games, but we’ll just have to see what happens before Elder Scrolls Legends releases on the Xbox One, Playstation 4, and Switch later this year.