In the wake of an arguably disastrous Xbox One unveiling and poor Wii U console sales, Sony's PlayStation 4 has seemingly made every gamer-beneficial decision while avoiding relatively hindering public and commercial missteps, until now.
Bethesda's Fallout 76 is the latest casualty of Sony's refusal to open its platform and allow players from every platform to play together on a common set of servers.
Howard talked about the possibility of multiplayer being injected into future Bethesda franchises, where he said: "For those games, we want to keep them as single player". "We'd really love to add it, but right now we can't".
Bethesda clearly isn't mincing words regarding its thoughts on Sony's position in the crossplay conundrum, an issue which has dominated headlines as of late.
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As Microsoft and Nintendo continue to promote their support of Cross Play technology for their respective consoles this summer, Sony has been staunchly opposed to participating in a campaign of uniformity. Will we need to buy new hardware to play the game? "It's not what we usually do, so you never know how everyone's gonna react, and it's a little bit scary for us and it's scary for a lot of our long-time fans, but it's a game we've wanted to make for a while, it's turning out great".
Sony Interactive Entertainment of America's Shawn Layden told Eurogamer, "We're hearing it".
Fallout 76 won't feature cross-play because of Sony, Todd Howard confirmed.
The full Todd Howard interview is available at GameStar, but it's heavily dubbed over in German.