Developer Psyonix has “figured out” the technology needed in order to make Rocket League the first game to allow cross-play between Xbox Live and PlayStation Network, and all it needs now is to “find out where we stand politically with everyone.”
In an interview with GameSpot, Psyonix vice president Jeremy Dunham said:
“Technologically everything works, we’ve got it figured out, just a little bit of time to get everything up and running. Right now, excitement is the best way to put it. We just want to get in there and make it happen.”
Dunham added: “The only thing we have to do now is sort of find out where we stand politically with everyone, and then it’s full steam ahead to finish the solution that we’ve already started.”
Dunham also elaborated on how it’s important for game communities to expand, since there is a mindset that says if there’s a small community then you should stop playing the game.
He also said that allowing for cross-play doesn’t only expand the pool of players, it also allows for some new features that can be added across all platforms.
“The more people you have to throw in there, the less likely that psychological anomaly will kick in. Then you have the actual reality of it, which is, more players, for everyone, means more games, and more games means more participation and community feedback, which we can then put into the game as a whole and not have to worry about siloing off certain features of certain platforms because this version doesn’t have it, or whatever the situation may be.”
Recently, Microsoft announced they’re opening up the door for cross-network play, and Sony answered by saying they’re willing to have a conversation, and from the look of things; Psyonix seems to be some sort of mediator between the two companies through their huge game, Rocket League.
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