Bethesda revealed that the upcoming new entry to the Fallout franchise, Fallout 76, will not offer console cross-play, and gamers should be able to guess who is preventing the feature from happening.
The online multiplayer survival game for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC will not offer cross-play because of Sony, which is unsurprising given the company's stance on the matter.
No 'Fallout 76' Cross-Play
Bethesda Game Studios director Todd Howard said in an interview with German publication GameStar that there will be no Fallout 76 cross-platform play, and was not shy at all in calling out who is responsible for the missing feature.
"We'd really love that but right now we can't," Howard said. When he was asked why, the Bethesda executive was candid in his answer.
"Sony is not as helpful as everyone would like," he revealed.
Media outlets that requested for further comments from Bethesda were told that the publisher had nothing more to add, making it seem final that Fallout 76 will have no cross-play.
PlayStation 4 Cross-Platform Play
Fallout 76 joins the list of high-profile games that have requested and failed for Sony to allow cross-play between the PlayStation 4 and other platforms. Other titles include Rocket League, Minecraft, and most recently, Fortnite.
Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney believed that Fortnite cross-play between the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One was "inevitable." If any game would change Sony's mind about the feature, the massively popular Fortnite was a good bet. However, so far, that has not been the case.
Sony Interactive Entertainment America President and CEO Shawn Layden recently offered hope that PlayStation 4 cross-play has a chance of happening. However, gamers should not hold their breath, as the Sony executive did not reveal any concrete plans or timeline for the addition of the feature.
Meanwhile, Microsoft and Nintendo are taking jabs at Sony by promoting Minecraft cross-play. In a joint commercial, two players are shown playing Minecraft together from the Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.
Here's What We Know About 'Fallout 76'
Fallout 76, which was unveiled by Bethesda before E3 2018, will be a prequel to previously released installments in the series. It will feature a map that is four times the size of Fallout 4, and will recommend, but not require, players to team up with others.
Gameplay video revealed players building elaborate settlements in Fallout 76, along with the option to use nuclear missiles to attack enemy settlements and aggressive creatures.
The Fallout 76 release date is expected to be within November, with Howard claiming that Bethesda will support the online multiplayer game for years to come.