Sony Issued Elder Scrolls Ultimatum

Sony Issued Elder Scrolls Ultimatum
PlayStation 4 owners will not be able to play the game unless Sony changes its cross-patform policy.

(CCM) — Game publishing giant Bethesda Softworks has issued Sony with an ultimatum: allow PlayStation owners to play the company's forthcoming game Elder Scrolls: Legends with gamers using other platforms, or the game will not be made available for the PlayStation 4 at all.

Bethesda's move is a direct challenge to Sony's policy of preventing PlayStation users from interacting with users of Microsoft's Xbox One and Nintendo's Switch platforms, or with gamers using a PC, Macintosh, or mobile device.

PlayStation 4 users are currently blocked from playing popular games such as Fortnite and Minecraft with anyone but fellow PlayStation users, although Xbox One and Nintendo Switch users can happily compete against each other.

Elder Scrolls: Legend is a turn-based card game which does not require ultra-fast processors or precise, reaction-based controls, so there is no technical reason why PlayStation users should not play with users of other platforms, Business Insider reports.

"It is our intention, in order for the game to come out, it has to be those things on any system," Peter Hines, a Bethesda senior vice president, said in the report. "We cannot have a game that works one way across everywhere else except for on this one thing."

If more publishers follow Bethesda's lead, then the pressure on Sony to open up its platform will mount. But Sony's PlayStation 4 has a huge share of the console market, so such a move on the part of publishers would likely have a significant impact on their sales.

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