• Alberto Mezzalira

Jim Ryan says Sony wants more cross-play and insists its policies ‘are consistent’.

During an interview with Axios, Ryan said that “we support and encourage cross-play”, noting that the feature works on numerous big games such as Fortnite, Rocket League, Call of Duty and Minecraft. “That number will continue to grow,” he said.

Sony has always been hesitant to support online multiplayer games along with other consoles; in fact, the company was the last, in September 2018, to support this feature. About Sony’s strategy, Tim Sweeney, Epic Games CEO, stated that Sony is the only platform holder which charges for cross-play. Sweeney has also shared a document showing royalties demands in the case of the proportion of revenue made through in-game purchases is less than 85% of PlayStation users. This move seems specifically designed to avoid players buying in-game items on other stores and then primarily using them on PlayStation.

More in general, Sony appears to still be experiencing issues with its cross-play policies. Last month Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford tweeted that a long-awaited cross-play update for Borderlands 3 would not be coming to PlayStation platforms. He also claimed that the studio has been “required” to remove cross-play support for PS5 and PS4. When asked to clarify the message, no specific reasons were given.

When asked to comment about the fact, Jim Ryan told Axios he didn’t want to talk about a “live business issue with a long-standing partner,” but noted, “our policies are consistent across all of the publishers.”

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