When you venture out onto West Virginia’s irradiated country roads in Fallout 76, you’ll have to leave your console-bound friends behind. Fallout 76 won’t have cross-platform play, and Bethesda says it’s because Sony won’t play ball.
Speaking to German-language gaming site GameStar, Bethesda’s game director Todd Howard said the company had pursued cross-play for Fallout 76, allowing players on multiple platforms to connect and play together in the first multiplayer Fallout game since Fallout Tactics.
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Howard told GameStar that crossplay simply isn’t possible now, and it’s largely because the PlayStation parent is “not as helpful as everyone would like it.”
It’s a pretty direct expression of frustration with Sony’s recalcitrant attitude toward cross-platform play, which made headlines earlier this month when PlayStation was the odd one out on the list of platforms that allowed Fortnite crossplay. In that case, PC players can match up with players on Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and mobile, but any Epic account linked to a PSN account can’t play with anyone on another platform.
The full Todd Howard interview is available at GameStar, but it’s heavily dubbed over in German. Subscribers can listen to the original interview in English. Howard went into detail on several Fallout 76 subjects, telling GameStar that the always-online Fallout 76 isn’t intended to be as dramatic a break as Fallout 3 was, when the franchise jumped from isometric turn-based RPG to full 3D.
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