After significant pressure from the gaming community, Sony finally embraced cross-platform play by allowing Fortnite: Battle Royale and Rocket League to adopt the feature. Not everyone is happy with the lack of progress on this front, with Hi-Rez CEO Stew Chisam believing that the company has been playing favourites.
A few months before Sony jumped on the bandwagon, Microsoft and Nintendo teamed up to allow Xbox One and Switch players to enjoy complete cross-platform play across both consoles. Given that there are many more games that have already embraced the feature on both devices, Chisam asks Sony to “stop playing favourites” by choosing the biggest games out there when all games could benefit from cross-platform play.
Hey @Sony @PlayStation. It's time to stop playing favorites and tear down the crossplay/progression wall for everyone. We have @SMITEGame, @PaladinsGame, @RealmRoyale ready to go when you are. https://t.co/KNDetpXPf5
— HiRezStew (@schisam) February 8, 2019
Chisam notes that Hi-Rez games such as Paladins saw a 30% decrease in matchmaking wait times, and the quality of these matches were significantly improved thanks to the level spread also being 40% down. Overall, by the company’s own definition, Hi-Rez saw an 80% reduction in “bad” matches.
Just like their predecessors, Smite, Paladins and battle royale game Realm Royale are all “ready to go” for the feature to be enabled on PlayStation 4. Hi-Rez is simply waiting for the thumbs up from Sony. It’s unlikely that Hi-Rez is the only company suffering from the stagnation as Sony continues to test its cross-platform beta with Rocket League.
KitGuru Says: I’d be interested to hear what Sony has to say in response, even though it’s unlikely we will hear from the company without more developers coming forward. Still, at least the company is finally doing something with cross-platform play, even if it is one game at a time. Are there any games you would like to see get the feature?