With Sony’s bombshell announcement today that they’re putting a small crack in the wall preventing crossplay from occurring between the PlayStation 4 and other consoles, people are justifiably excited over what that could mean longterm. While Fortnite is the first game to cross the streams, there theoretically be other games on the way. Unfortunately, it does not seem like Fallout 76 is one of those games.
Earlier this year, Bethesda’s Todd Howard insinuated Sony was standing in the way of crossplay for the survival spinoff, but Sony allowing Fortnite doesn’t mean Fallout 76 is happening. After applauding the news on Twitter today, Bethesda vice president Pete Hines tried to temper expectations.
Folks, chill. I work with a lot of devs and games for whom this is important going forward.
Fallout 76 does not support crossplay, for a number of reasons. I have no idea if it ever will. But I assure you it is not on our radar right now as we focus on B.E.T.A. and Launch.
— Pete Hines (@DCDeacon) September 26, 2018
Hines clarified that he’s not saying it’s impossible, just that it’s not a focus with the game so close to launch. He also isn’t saying Sony is blocking Bethesda from doing it at all, just that Fallout 76 won’t have it right now.
There have been a number of developers who have complained about Sony’s policy on this issue, including Rocket League developers Psyonix and, well, Minecraft publishers Microsoft. It is unclear from SIE president John Kodera’s wording if Fortnite is an exception to the rule or if any developer that wants to can simply enable crossplay, but it’s not going to be for every game from today onward.
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Fallout 76 Doesn’t Support Crossplay Despite Sony’s Policy Change