Interview: Psyonix on How Nintendo Wanted Rocket League on the Switch

Rocket League announced for Switch with cross-network play

After talking about the Switch port and the upcoming two-year anniversary for Rocket League, I asked how the team feels about PlayStation marketing boss Jim Ryan's most recent statements about why Sony Interactive Entertainment won't enable crossplay. This whole issue started when Microsoft announced that Minecraft across all platforms would become unified, which would mean not only that all players on them would be able to play with each other, but also that all content updates would become unified, and all versions of the game would be getting improvements like better graphics and infinite worlds.

Missing from both of those lists is Sony's PlayStation 4, which will keep its players segregated to the PlayStation Network for the time being.

"We've got to be mindful of our responsibility to our install base", Ryan continued.

But more than the platform, "Rocket League" will be developed with a cross-network system. Microsoft and Sony have this year again Nintendo as a challenger. One key difference is that whereas the Xbox One suffered for being more expensive and marginally underpowered in comparison to its PlayStation 4 rival, the Xbox One X is set to smash the US$399 (RM1,700) PS4 Pro for power by an order of magnitude, if developers choose to go that route.

The E3 2017 is over, giving video games a big new push especially to the Nintendo Switch. Microsoft and Nintendo are comfortable with it, but Sony is not. If we can pass that, we can pass any of the other security protocols.

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Rather than Rare's sea-fairing multiplayer exploration game being the maritime darling we've all been waiting for, Skull & Bones might be the next big pirate game. From our vantage point it's a competitive disadvantage not to support multiple networks, because most platforms are now doing that.

So why would Sony tell them no?

Explaining his comments to TechRadar, he added: "The console is fixed hardware, so we know exactly what GPU, CPU and memory is in that box". From our perspective, we've done everything we need to do.

Rocket League will release on the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo Switch in Holiday 2017.

Speaking to Gamasutra past year, Sony Worldwide Studios president, Shuhei Yoshida commented on cross-platform play on PC, saying, "because PC is an open platform it's much more straightforward". Both companies thrive on a community that loves and support their games, jokes and all.

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