Bethesda Discusses Fallout 76, Starfield and The Elder Scrolls VI New Technology

Though it is a newer trend in the relatively short time video gaming has been an industry, Microsoft has been open to cross-play on the Xbox and Nintendo signaled the same with the debut of the Switch past year, which offered much more third-party support than previous Nintendo consoles.

During an interview with GameStar (H/T GamingBolt), Howard reveals that, firstly, Fallout 76 is going to move on from some of the more dated aspects of Bethesda's engine, stating, "For Fallout 76 we have changed a lot".

Whether PS4 players will ever be able to enjoy the benefits of cross-play is anyone's guess, but if they won't introduce it for a game of this size then they probably never will.

Fallout 76 joins the list of high-profile games that have requested and failed for Sony to allow cross-play between the PlayStation 4 and other platforms. "It's not something that we are exploring right now", said Howard. While the industry in general seems to be moving toward a future where anyone can play games with their friends regardless of platform, Sony has been the last major holdout. Playstation owners are tiring of hearing that Sony is holding up cross-platform deals with developers. Sony Interactive Entertainment America CEO and president Shawn Layden talked about the issue with Eurogamer at the Gamelab conference in June and said the company is listening to its fans and is "looking at a lot of the possibilities". Microsoft and Nintendo even released a joint ad for the update, essentially calling out Sony for not playing along.

Fallout 76 is due to be released November 14, 2018.

The devs wanted to make either a post-apocalyptic or sci-fi game, with Howard saying that the studio would have made its own IP if it hadn't gotten Fallout from Interplay in 2004.

As battle cries go, "Sony is not as helpful as anyone would like", does not sound like an authoritative and ringing declaration that immediately betokens the collapse of a lock-in empire. Now it looks like Fallout 76 is another title that has dreams of crossplay and Sony isn't liking that idea.

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