Rocket League is easily one of the most popular games in today’s market thanks to its strong online multiplayer aspect. With its community currently being split between three (soon to be four) platforms, cross-network compatibility is definitely a really great feature to have.
Following the announcement of a Nintendo Switch version in the works, Psyonix also confirmed that cross-platform play will be possible between that system and also PC and Xbox One users. Sony has opted for PS4 and PC players to play together, but currently does not allow PS4 players to interact with Switch and Xbox One users. Regardless, Psyonix has made sure to build the cross-network system to be powerful and flexible. VP of Publishing, Jeremy Dunham, was recently interviewed by GamesIndustry. The topic of cross-network compatibility came up and he had a lot to say about that. According to Dunham, Nintendo was very supportive of the idea:
“Nintendo has been very open with giving us whatever resources that we need, answering any questions that we have, allowing us to do cross-network play, which is a big deal and very important to us and they had no problem with that at all. That was the very first question I asked them. I said: ‘If we are going to commit to doing this, would you guys allow us to do cross-platform?’ And they told me that if it is important to us, then we will do cross-platform. There wasn’t even any hesitation.”
As for Sony, he admitted that Psyonix has been asking them about it for “years” but they’re stuck on only allowing PS4-PC interaction. He then discussed how Psyonix has developed the system to make sure things run smoothly and there are no problems:
” We have done whatever we can to make this as secure and as open and easy for people to connect cross-network as possible…From our vantage point, they tell us whatever they need from us to make it possible, and we will do it. We have already taken a lot of the steps in general to make sure it is as non-intrusive as possible. You can turn cross-network on and off. You can’t communicate with each other across network, you have to use our quick chat icons. So that is taken care of. You can’t gather any user data from another platform. We already have the security measures in play, we’ve taken all the considerations.”
Dunham thinks that full-scale cross-platform play is “inevitable.” Hopefully Sony will change its mind on the matter soon enough.
Rocket League is avaliable now on PC, PS4 and Xbox One. The Switch version will be releasing later this year.