American game publisher Activision Blizzard, which is well known for popular game titles like Call of Duty, Destiny, Diablo, and Overwatch have said that it is still not ready to release cross-platform play support to its plethora of video games. The company noted that it is going to take “a lot of work” to bring cross-platform support to the already released games.
In a statement to gaming site IGN, Activision Blizzard said, “We’ve had a great experience with cross-play for Hearthstone on other platforms and have witnessed how compelling it can be for our community. There’s still a lot of work to do on both our side and the platform side to understand whether cross-play might be integrated into our other games, so we’ll be watching the upcoming test and will assess what the potential impact of this feature would be for our players and our games.”
It is interesting to note that the free-to-play collectible card game called Hearthstone supports cross-platform play since the time of its release and it is currently available on multiple platforms like Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android. However, the game is still not available on gaming consoles and this is also probably the reason why the game did not have to face any cross-platform play issues especially on Sony powered consoles.
Meanwhile, Sony Interactive Entertainment has announced a couple of days ago that it would allow cross-platform play for the popular game Fortnite. Gamers will be able to play the game across multiple platforms like PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. Sony also said that an open beta will be available at all times for testing purposes to ensure that the users of Sony PlayStation get the best experience.
John Codera, President and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment further said that the company would share further details in the future about other games that may also allow cross-platform support if it is made available. Now, Activision Blizzard seems to have taken a similar approach to Sony and will probably roll out cross-platform support only when it is ready.