WTF?! Gearbox Software will add cross-play support for Borderlands 3. Soon Vault Hunters can explore with their friends no matter what platform. Well, that is unless their friends have a PlayStation 4 or the new PS5.
Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford tweeted that his team will bring cross-platform play to Borderlands 3. Unfortunately, support will not include PlayStation systems. He said they were "required" to remove cross-play support for both PS4 and PS5.
Pitchford did not say when the update was coming to the other platforms, which include Mac, Windows, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and Stadia.
Good news or bad news first? Good News: An update for Borderlands 3 has been prepared for release that includes full crossplay support across all platforms. Bad News: For certification, we have been required by the publisher to remove crossplay support for PlayStation consoles.— Randy Pitchford (@DuvalMagic) May 27, 2021
He did mention that the order to remove support came from "the publisher," which would be 2K Games. However, could the ban really have come down from Sony? The PlayStation maker has a long history of restricting cross play on its consoles.
Back in 2018, Sony finally allowed PS4 Fortnite players to intermingle with users on other platforms. However, during testimony in the Epic Games v Apple antitrust trial, Epic CEO Tim Sweeney said this only came about because Epic paid Sony to allow Fortnite crossplay. He also noted that Sony is the only platform holder that required payment to enable cross-platform functionality.
So it would follow that if Sony is asking the same thing of 2K, it may have said, "no deal" and told Gearbox to pull support. So far, neither Sony nor 2K has commented on the situation.
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