PlayStation does not want to share

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The suspicion of PlayStation in everything related to multiplatform gaming on PS4 was well known, but today it has finally been possible to know that those suspicions and that vox pópuli they were completely true. Thanks to the trial that is being developed between Epic Games and Apple, some confidential documents are emerging that will inevitably spill over the entire industry. And the first to get wet is neither more nor less than Sony.

According to emails presented at the trial, Epic Games was asking Sony to enable cross-play on its platform so that users on other platforms could play with each other. This request did not seem to work, and Fortnite ended up blocking crossplay while Nintendo and Microsoft allowed it on their platforms. The result? A wave of criticism from users forced the company to change plans later to finally allow its players to meet those who played from other consoles.

According to the information, it seems that Epic put it quite on a platter to Sony, promising all possible prominence in the operation (with stellar intervention in the middle of E3), natively integrating all possible functions and even offering to extend the UE4 license, which it expired at a near date. None of that served to convince the company, who flatly refused to offer crossplay.

No crossplay, no party

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It was obviously not a personal thing against Epic Games. Rather, it was a completely contrary position to crossplay, since previously Rocket League and Minecraft were also left without the option, not instead at Nintendo and Microsoft. In the words of Gio Corsi, a former senior director of developer relations, “many companies are exploring this idea, but none can explain how cross-console play improves the PlayStation business.” Obviously they were looking for the maximum benefit of their own, so everything that was to distribute was seen with bad eyes.

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Due to the pressure of the players by not being able to enjoy crossplay in Fortnite, Sony ended up giving its arm to twist, and activated the function in that and other games. In any case, it has now been learned that Sony imposed a special fee on developers, so that every game with activated crossplay had to pay a special commission in order to compensate for the alleged losses generated by crossplay (it is unknown if Nintendo or Microsoft apply a similar rate on their platforms).

This is all that has been possible to know about it after knowing the emails that both companies exchanged, so if you had any doubts about whether Sony reluctantly introduced crossplay, it seems that everything has been quite clear. The question is, will they be sorry they didn’t activate it earlier?

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