Bethesda's terms are "essentially non-negotiable."
The Elder Scrolls Legends may skip PS4 if cross-play isn’t supported between that version and ones on PC, Xbox One and mobile, Bethesda recently confirmed.
“It is our intention in order for [a] game [like Legends] to come out, it has to be those things on any system,” Bethesda’s Pete Hines told GameInformer.
“We cannot have a game that works one way across everywhere else except for on this one thing. The way the game works right now on Apple, Google, Steam, and Bethesda.net, it doesn’t matter where you buy your stuff, if you play it on another platform that stuff is there. It doesn’t matter what platform you play on, you play against everyone else who is playing at that moment. There’s no, ‘Oh, it’s easier to control, or it has a better framerate on this system.’ It’s a strategy card game. It doesn’t matter.”
Titles like Fortnite, Minecraft and Rocket League offer cross-play between systems, but Sony is currently placing limitations on the platforms the PS4 supports said functionality with.
Hines said the game could come to PS4 after other releases if Sony opened up to the idea of cross-play.
“We continue to talk to all of our platform partners,” Hines said. “But those [terms] are essentially non-negotiable. We can’t be talking about one version of Legends, where you take your progress with you, and another version where you stay within that ecosystem or its walled off from everything else. That is counter to what the game has been about.”
The Elder Scrolls Legends is currently available on Windows PC, Mac, iOS and Android. It’s planned for Xbox One, Switch and PS4… if that latter platform allows cross-play, it seems.