Stupid anti-gamer politics and cooties are back in the news, with Bethesda Game Studios boss Todd Howard citing Sony’s ongoing refusal to play nice with others as the reason for Fallout 76 not including cross-platform multiplayer.
Launching in November, Fallout 76 is the franchise’s first ever multiplayer game, featuring new co-op and competitive modes in its idiosyncratic post-apocalyptic wasteland sandbox. But, not for the first time, cross-platform play between Xbox One and PS4 won’t be supported.
“You cannot do cross-play in 76,” Howard tells German website GameStar. “We’d really love that but right now we can’t. Sony is not as helpful as everyone would like.”
Sony’s exclusion policy has been subject to some criticism this gen, not least for its flimsy WON’T SOMEBODY THINK OF THE CHILDREN excuses.
“Exposing what in many cases are children to external influences we have no ability to manage or look after, it’s something we have to think about very carefully,” PlayStation global sales and marketing head Jim Ryan explained to Eurogamer last year, like this doesn’t also matter on PC, Mac, or mobile, which are apparently totally okay because… because.
Console war. Console war never changes.