Rocket League Devs: Bothering Sony “Every Day” About Cross-Play
It’s common knowledge already that Psyonix, creators of Rocket League, will be have cross play for their hit game with both Xbox One and the Nintendo Switch. The only console not jumping on board is Sony’s PlayStation 4. Though Sony’s early dismissal of the idea has hardly stopped Psyonix from pestering them about the possibility – that said the company has been stonewalled at every attempt.
According to Psyonix’s Jeremy Dunham, the response has been only slight variations of the same answer: “It’s, ‘Not right now” or, ‘It’s something we’ll consider.’ That’s paraphrasing, but there hasn’t been any movement.”
Dunham went on to state that ever since Rocket League’s initial launch on the PS4 in 2015, a member of Psyonix has asked Sony about the possibility “every single day”. A slight exaggeration i’m sure, but it seems to get the point across that Sony really just doesn’t want to play nice with others. Nintendo itself gave the green light right away when approached, and Microsoft reportedly only need a month to think it over. However Sony seems uneager to change it’s mine.
Admittedly Sony has different objectives for their company, as is their right, but it seems silly not to allow cross play to happen for popular games. The company even denying cross play for hit game Minecraft. The company’s reasoning for that particular denial was made ‘clear’ by Jim Ryan during E3, wherein which he stated the following: “We’ve got to be mindful of our responsibility to our install base. Minecraft–the demographic playing that … it’s all ages but it’s also very young….We have a contract with the people who go online with us, that we look after them and they are within the PlayStation curated universe. 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.”
That long winded explanation aside, it’s flabbergasted many gamers on how ‘external influences’ would negatively affect the Minecraft community. It seems a rather weak excuse by Sony on why they don’t wish to connect with the other consoles, and stay firmly in Sony land.
The fact that companies like Microsoft are opening their doors to cross play has been reflecting poorly on the company for quite some time, and has me wondering how other gamers feel about the companies decision making skills. Let us know in the comment’s below on what you think of the current Sony’s game plan.
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