In yet another example of developers and gamer freedoms being curtailed by Sony’s antiquated stance on cross platform play, the developer behind Ark: Survival Evolved has confirmed that even though they have managed to make it the feature work internally, Sony will not allow cross platform play. Jeremy Stieglitz, the Lead Director and Co-Creative Director behind the game confirmed this yesterday on twitter:
We have it working internally, but currently Sony won't allow it
— Jeremy Stieglitz (@arkjeremy) August 18, 2017
I previously wrote about why Sony’s attitude to this is profoundly anti gamer and makes a mockery of its ‘For The Players’ slogan and it looks like this artificial barrier propped up by Sony is here to stay. Ark: Survival Evolved, like Rocket League and Minecraft, is a very popular game and this personally affects me too as the reason why I stopped playing is because I have two sets of friends on both the Xbox and PS platforms. Had the feature been enabled, we could have all potentially played the game together.
What are your thoughts on Sony’s refusal to play ball with crossplay? Is this just self-preservation? Or is this a slap in the face of gamers everywhere?