Cross-play is a re­al­ity – so which game will ben­e­fit the most?

just one more ques­tion… the team de­bate this month’s burn­ing is­sue

PlayStation Official Magazine (UK) - - THEBIG10 -

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

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