Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid is one of the upcoming games that people are looking forward to. While the game is not all that great in terms of graphics or mechanics, it is a simple fighting game, there is a lot of nostalgia around the game. Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid devs talked about how Sony is not opening up to cross-play and how that is affecting gamers and gaming.
Taehoon Kim CEO of nWay touched on the matter. He mentioned that no one owns 4 PS4s and that people are going to want to play games on different devices. That is a concept that Google Stadia makes possible. He slammed Sony for its stance on cross-play and not opening up other than some exceptions such as Fortnite and Rocket League. The following is what he had to say in this regard:
One thing we’ve seen with games like Vainglory and Fortnite is that a whole family may want to play together, but nobody owns four PlayStations. Dad’s going to play on the iPad, one kid is on the PS4, another kid is on his phone. That kind of gameplay is only possible through crossplay.
The Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid developer also talked about how cross-play is important if games are going to be considered a service. He also mentioned that input devices should be similar as well so that gameplay is fair.
He mentioned that if you are selling a game as a service then the game should be accessible from any device and that does make a lot of sense. This could be possible with Google Stadia but companies like Sony will have to make some changes. From where I am sitting it seems like Sony is not going to bend. He went on to mention the following:
Another consideration is matchmaking around peripherals. Having that factored in to your servers and matchmaking is going to be important, depending on what type of controls you’re using. If you’re using a controller, you need to make sure matchmaking puts you together with other players who are doing the same.
In related news, Sony is going to stop selling digital games through retailers and you will only be able to buy digital games directly from the company. Production of the PS Vita has also stopped.
Let us know what you think about Sony’s stance regarding cross-play and whether or not you are interested in playing Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid.