EA May Bring Cross-Platform Play to ‘Battlefield’ and Other Franchises
Cross-platform play remains one of the key topics in the current discourse surrounding games. With Microsoft and Nintendo playing nice to allow their separate audiences to enjoy Fortnite matches together and Sony’s refusal to join in on the fun, the discussion won’t soon come to an end. It appears Electronic Arts intends to position itself in the conversation, as well.
During a call with investors, EA’s Vice President of Investor Relations, Chris Evenden reveals the publisher is considering options with regards to cross-platform play. Evenden says:
We’re looking at key franchises in terms of how we can deliver cross-platform play in a similar way that Fortnite has, especially some of our titles that have a broad and diverse player base. The ability to bring PC to mobile or mobile to console can bring family and friends together, and we think that’s an important part of our future development profile. Expect more from us on that front in the future.
Evenden doesn’t specifically name the forthcoming Battlefield V. However, since the franchise’s latest entry is EA’s biggest release of the year, it stands to reason the considerations he speaks of do indeed include the military shooter.
Perhaps some of the major publishers’ supporting cross-platform play functionality will eventually push Sony to budge on their present stance. Since this current console generation nears its end, Sony holding a perceived anti-consumer position on a popular feature may not bode well for the success of a PlayStation 5 early on.
The fifth mainline installment in the Battlefield series hits stores on October 19.