Bethesda doesn’t want Elder Scrolls Legends on systems without cross-play

Doris Richards
August 14, 2018

Genre aside, that could mean a game with "The Elder Scrolls" in the title doesn't hit the PlayStation 4.

"[The Elder Scrolls Legends] is a strategy card game that encompasses both single and multiplayer", Hines said.

Anyone who has played Fortnite on PS4 and then tried logging into their accounts on Xbox One or Switch know this isn't the way Sony operates. It's understandable why Bethesda might not want to ship Legends on PS4 if cross-play wasn't enabled: having to create and maintain a second ecosystem to operate just within Sony's walls would be immensely frustrating and an unnecessary duplication of work. After all, Sony is the only one that has been resistant to cross-platform capabilities in other games, so it sounds like The Elder Scrolls: Legends might not get a PS4 version if Sony continues to block other platforms out. The company's senior vice president of global marketing and communications, Pete Hines, said in a recent interview with Game Informer that it might not release the game on platforms that don't support cross-play.

"It is our intention in order for the game to come out, it has to be those things on any system", Hines reportedly said.

As we've discussed previously on Ars, Sony's walled-garden approach arguably makes some sense as a way to exploit the competitive advantage of its larger console player base.

This, of course, is at odds with Sony's past cross-platform policies. There's no 'Oh, it's easier to control, or it has a better framerate on this system.' It's a strategy card game. He called it "essentially non-negotiable".

While Microsoft and Nintendo let you play games with friends on different consoles, Sony refuses to allow cross-play compatibility.

The Elder Scrolls: Legends is likely only a drop in the bucket for Sony, whereas Bethesda may be ignoring the revenue it could earn from one of the most popular consoles on the market. "That is counter to what the game has been about", Hines told Game Informer. On the contrary, for that game, Bethesda's Todd Howard was quite explicit in telling German site GameStar that the company would love to have cross-platform support but simply dropped it because "Sony is not as helpful as everyone would like".

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