Cross-play is a reality – so which game will benefit the most?
just one more question… the team debate this month’s burning issue
It’s a bold step by Sony to allow cross-play; it’s something Microsoft refused to do when it briefly had the betterselling console (Xbox 360 versus PS3). Whether it will truly catch on is another matter, but given Epic is working with Sony to create a stable cross-play system, we could see future games built using Unreal Engine 4 offering the service, or indeed adding cross-play to current UE4 games. I’d love to take on all comers in Dragon Ball FighterZ, for example. The real question is: does this end the decades old console war or merely shift it online? I’m hoping everyone can get along, regardless of system. My kid sister, the young fool, is a traitor. Even after much begging and pleading, she Switched to the dark side. Truly, such a sin from one of my own blood cannot be forgiven and must be paid for, victory royale style. For the mere notion that I could best her at Fortnite, she called me deluded. While it may be true that the battle royale behemoth is something of a young person’s game, she won’t know what hit her when she enters my domain in my beloved Dragon Quest X… though considering neither of us speak Japanese, perhaps the playing field will be more level than I would like for the Japanexclusive MMORPG. Let the battle commence. OSCAR TAYLOR-KENT GAMES EDITOR One online game, whose sense of community constantly has me intrigued, is Dark Souls’. Almost wordless, you can only communicate properly by messages laid on the ground via pre-written prompts, or by gesturing at one another. And, of course, you can summon players in to aid you in difficult areas, or invade players’ worlds to cause them grief. Some invaders will bow respectfully and wait for you to be ready, while in other areas they may sneak up on you and taunt you. But it’s always a good time. As the games get older, we need every hollowed warrior we can get across any platform, so that the fire may never die. When Red Dead Redemption 2’s online mode launches, there’s no doubt that every gunslinger in the land is going to be jumping in to make their dreams come true in the new frontier. The gold experience could be even better if the world was truly open to all. I want to play fast and loose with all comers, no matter which platform they hail from. With such a huge and detailed world, it doesn’t feel like it should be one with limitations on who can mosey on down to where. These lands should be bustling with a new kind of civilisation – gamers from the world over gunning down, whoever they want and riding old, broken donkeys.
CROSS-PLAY IS GREAT, BUT WILL IT REIGNITE THE CONSOLE WAR? THE FAMILY THAT PLAYS TOGETHER, STAYS TOGETHER. WHEN EXPLORING LORDRAN I DON’T WANT PEACE. THIS TOWN IS BIG ENOUGH FOR ALL OF US…
IAN DEAN EDITOR
JESS KINGHORN STAFF WRITER