Sony's PR department has been having a rough month. After Fortnite was launched on Switch, players who had already logged on via their PlayStation 4 were locked out. This led to an avalanche of problems where Sony's anti-cross-play policies became apparent. Now, Todd Howard has revealed that, even after this revelation, Sony will not allow cross-play for Fallout 76.
In an interview with GameStar, Howard revealed the reason Fallout 76 will not have cross-play is because Sony is "not as helpful as everyone would like." The lack of cross-play could end up biting Fallout 76 in the butt, which seemed to really annoy Howard. Since Fallout 76 will be an online multiplayer game, splitting the playerbase between systems could make the game a little harder to play a few years down the line, especially if one version sells significantly less than the others.
Reportedly, these anti-cross-play policies stem from, of course, money. Anything bought from the PlayStation store goes through Sony, and Sony gets a cut of those profits. John Smedley, former head of Sony Online Entertainment, has stated Sony doesn't like players buying "something on an Xbox and it being used on a PlayStation."
Sony's policies may be the reason cross-play doesn't exist in many other popular online games like Overwatch. Microsoft and Nintendo have been making numerous pot-shots at Sony's policies, such as making an entire trailer emphasizing Minecraft's cross-play features. While Sony previously claimed to be looking into cross-play, Howard's disgruntlement shows that they might be sticking with their guns.
Fallout 76 launches November 14th for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. If Sony doesn't start allowing cross-play before then, be sure to get it on the same system as your friends.