Randy Pitchford, president and CEO of Borderlands developer Gearbox Software, has announced that an upcoming patch will introduce cross-platform game support "across all platforms." Except, well, it won’t be on all platforms.
Offering a view of the kind of corporate mockery that sometimes prevents pleasant things from happening for no good reason, Pitchford said that "for certification, the publisher has forced us to remove cross-game support from Playstation consoles ".
First good news or bad news? Good news: An update has been prepared for Borderlands 3 for release that includes full support for all platforms. Bad news: For certification, the publisher has forced us to remove cross-game support for PlayStation consoles.May 27, 2021
Now, people are angry with Sony for that. But Borderlands 3 is released by 2K Games and Pitchford specifies that it was removed at the request of the publisher, not Sony. Because? Because Sony wants to cut any successful cross-game titles, believing that this is justified by "offsetting the revenue reduction." This policy only came about in 2019 after many years the company refused to entertain the idea.
The recent Apple vs. Epic case gave some insights into how it works, with Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney explaining that "under certain circumstances Epic will have to pay additional revenue to Sony. If someone was primarily playing on PlayStation, but paid on the iPhone, then this can cause compensation ". Epic agreed to pay these additional fees to Sony for Fortnite crossplay. Clearly 2K doesn’t think it’s worth it.
Except for a sudden change of position from Sony (or 2K), this is likely to be the case. Randy Pitchford is also likely to make a public deal with the situation: the more developers and publishers refuse to play ball with Sony and embarrass the company in public, the more likely things are to change.
As for the future of Borderlands itself, Pitchford jumped into the recent UE5 technology showcase to bring about the future of the series. It seems to suggest that everything that comes next will represent a generational leap for games, although of course these things are easier said than done.
Take a look at this demo and you will clearly see that this engine was created for a new type of next generation Borderlands game: https://t.co/SEUZGckTo2May 26, 2021