The concept surrounding cross-play support for co-op and online-centered titles has grown extensively this past year as the gaming industry witnessed full capability between platforms on Fortnite as well as Rocket League. Though other titles do include the feature for a few selected platforms, complete cross-play on all fronts has been a tricky issue as other games attempt to make the impossible a reality.
Unfortunately, this accounts for Gearbox Software’s Borderlands 3 as the studio’s CEO Randy Pitchford has announced that cross-play will not be supported for the highly anticipated third installment at launch.
Some folks may be speculating that this thing tomorrow may be about cross play. Tomorrow’s thing is awesome, but *not* about cross-play. But, Good News: We are committed to supporting cross-play for Borderlands 3 with our partners as soon as practicable after launch. #talklater https://t.co/XtUzrBpySP
— Randy Pitchford (@DuvalMagic) July 15, 2019
Ahead of the ‘Celebration of Togetherness’ livestream which showcased cooperative fun and mayhem within the new Borderlands, Pitchford shared that the event will not reveal crossplay between other platforms as we have seen with the event already passing. Though fans might be upset that they will not be able to play with friends on opposing platforms, it should be noted that the feature is not part of the plan as the developer must focus on cleaning any blemishes in the game before the approaching release later in September.
Pitchford did add onto the tweet that gearbox despite not having cross-play ready at launch, is working with partners to making the feature more than just a discussion. “We are committed to cross-play on as many platforms as possible. We are committed to cross-play on as many platforms as possible.”
Regardless of the positive connotation that surrounds fans given the option to play with users on different platforms, the main goal for developers is to focus on what was originally part of the development plan for the game and other features and content to be implemented following launch. We have seen this already with Fallout 76, and due to the circumstance the game currently stands in, cross-play seems to be shelfed for the time being.
However, there has been one instance that managed to pull off full cross-play, for the most part, to be available for launch. That being Call of Duty: Modern Warfare; seeing that Activision has a good relationship with Sony through the marketing rights deal for the series, the game is playable between users on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
Would you like cross-play to be added to Borderlands 3 some point following the game’s release?
Borderlands 3 will be out on September 13, 2019 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.