Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Research | By Jo Caldwell

Psyonix: Rocket League Cross Play on PS4 is 'Political Barrier'


The comments come from Psyonix executive Jeremy Dunham, who discussed the Switch release of Rocket League in an interview with Polygon.

Not only that, but Microsoft has been working more on its Play Anywhere initiative between Xbox One and PC owners, and games like Forza Motorsport 7 and Crackdown will continue to support that in the near future, assuring success for games to come.

Soon after Rocket League launched in 2015 for PC and PlayStation 4, Psyonix turned on crossplay between those platforms.

"We've got to be mindful of our responsibility to our install base", Ryan continued. It was a big mystery if the Switch would be up to the task of handling "Rocket League's" 60 frames-per-second gameplay. However, Microsoft doesn't seem to be agreeing to Microsoft's claims for why there won't be any Cross-Play for PS4 for a title such as Minecraft.

He said: "Crucially, we do not believe that, at this stage, Xbox One X is a device to re-ignite Xbox One sales in continental Europe and to gain market share from Sony in key sales territories outside of U.S. and UK".

Certainly not for Microsoft, who also own Minecraft and have opened it up to everyone, and sell the game on Sony's platforms.

The E3 2017 is over, giving video games a big new push especially to the Nintendo Switch. "It's very important to us, for multiple reasons". Or, because the communities for these games have become so huge, the risk level for opening up the network to other networks you have no security control over is too great. Yesterday, I know people want to see what we're investing in new.

The same reasoning was given after it was revealed that they wouldn't be on board with cross-play on Minecraft either, although the necessity for an Xbox Live log in on all participating platforms sounds like a more plausible excuse in this scenario. "Minecraft, the demographic playing that, you know as well as I do, it's all ages but it's also very young". Most of the development for cross-platform play is presumably down to the developer, rather than Sony to enable a network to support it. All they need is a permission from Sony. "That's all we need to do".

Regardless, Switch owners will be able to play Minecraft and Rocket League with Xbox One and Steam players before long. That's gaming now. Gaming should be community-driven.

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