Cross-platform multiplayer has been hot topic in the gaming industry for a little while now. Nintendo surprised everyone last year at E3 2017 when Rocket League was stealthily announced to be coming to the Switch with the cross-play functionality being listed as one of its main features. When the game dropped in the Fall, cross-play was indeed available and works very well. A growing number of titles since then have adopted the functionality. Meanwhile, Sony has taken a strong stance against allowing this between PS4, Xbox One Switch players, keeping the functionality for every title locked to communication with PS4 between PC and mobile only.
Nintendo’s now former President Kimishima and Senior Executive Officer Susumu Tanaka talked about Nintendo’s approach to embracing cross-platform multiplayer during the Q&A session of the company’s recent investor briefing. Tanaka, in particular, mentioned that the Big N has the mindset of “doing what [it] can to help publishers incorporate crossplay”. Here’s the full discussion:
Q4 – Crossplay with other platforms on the Nintendo Switch versions of games such as Fortnite and Minecraft has been a point of appeal. Could you talk about the relationships between Nintendo and other publishers, and your initiatives for multi-platform titles?
I will have to refrain from commenting directly about (crossplay in) Fortnite and Minecraft because those are not Nintendo titles. But I will say that our fundamental way of thinking about offering Nintendo titles on other platforms remain unchanged.
Susumu Tanaka (Senior Executive Officer):
Crossplay basically comes about from conversations between publishers and platform holders. We are inclined to do what we can to help publishers incorporate crossplay when that is what they want. The other parties involved also have a say in whether we are able to reach this outcome or not, so we will continue to discuss it with them.
Having been introduced to video games at the age of 3 via a Nintendo 64, A.K has grown up in the culture. A fan of simulators and racers, with a soft spot for Nintendo! But, he has a great respect for the entire video game world and enjoys watching it all expand as a whole.