Nintendo Wants to Help Publishers Incorporate Cross-Play If That’s What They Want



One of the most hot-button topics at E3 last month was cross-play: Nintendo and Microsoft allow it; Sony doesn't. In a recent investor call, Nintendo reiterated its desire to help third-party publishers incorporate cross-play into their Nintendo Switch games. Speaking to investors at a shareholders meeting, Nintendo’s executive officer Susumu Tanaka discussed the company’s stance towards the functionality going forward, noting that it is something they would continue to help developers implement whenever they want it in their games.

“Crossplay basically comes about from conversations between publishers and platform holders,” Tanaka said. “We are inclined to do what we can to help publishers incorporate crossplay when that is what they want. The other parties involved also have a say in whether we are able to reach this outcome or not, so we will continue to discuss it with them.”


"We embrace working with a developer and enabling them to bring their vision to life," Fils-Aime said. "And whether that's Fortnite, whether that's a number of the other games that have cross-platform play on our console, from a developer standpoint that's what we want. And we work hard with them to bring that to life."

So Nintendo, on their part, seem to be all on board with allowing the feature. Of course, as they note- though they never name anyone- there might be other parties or companies that might not be willing to implement the functionality, in which case there isn’t anything Nintendo themselves can do about it. But as far as they are concerned, they won’t stand in the way of it happening. Which is good. Cross platform play and progression will be the future- and it’s good to see that for once, they’ve embraced a forward looking trend.

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