With Rocket League announced for the Nintendo Switch, many fans of the game and Switch owners were excited about the prospect of making use of the announced cross-platform multiplayer functionality. However, it wasn’t long before it was confirmed that Rocket League cross play would not include PS4. Now, developer Psyonix has spoken about the issues opening up cross play to PS4 users.
The comments come from Psyonix executive Jeremy Dunham, who discussed the Switch release of Rocket League in an interview with Polygon. From the sounds of it, Psyonix is all in favor of Rocket League cross play coming, but Sony is vetoing this option for now. “Technically it’s possible,” said Dunham. “There are no technical limitations. Right now it’s just a political barrier we need to help figure out how to crack.”
Sony is firmly refusing to allow cross-platform multiplayer for now, but Psyonix is ready to move should the time come. “It’s literally something we could do with a push of a button, metaphorically,” said Dunham. “In reality it’s a web page with a checkbox on it. All we have to do is check that box and it would be up and running in less than an hour all over the world. That’s all we need to do.”
However, Psyonix is not giving up on the matter just yet. “We are hopeful that being able to play cross network is still something we can go for,” Dunham said. “We believe it’s the future of the industry, and we’re hopeful that maybe the community and the media can actually help get around the idea of pushing it forward and doing what we can to make it reality. It’s our dream.”
The ‘political barrier’ being put up by Sony is a significant one, however. So far, the company has given a brief explanation for its cross-platform hesitation, stating that the issue partly comes down to trying to ensure the protection of its users in a cross-platform online environment.
Even without PS4 cross play, the Switch version of Rocket League is shaping up to be a good experience. The port will include some Nintendo exclusive items such as Mario and Luigi hats and features like local wireless multiplayer, and apparently Psyonix is aiming to get the game running at 60 FPS and 720p in both docked and undocked mode. Hopefully, Rocket League Switch will prove a great addition to the Switch lineup.
Rocket League is out now for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, with a future release due for Nintendo Switch in Holiday 2017.