Borderlands 3 players should be able to play with each other across the various platforms in the future. But the PlayStation is now (again) left out.
The popular loot shooter Borderlands 3 will be expanded to include the longed-for cross-play feature as part of a new update. This allows gamers to play with each other across the various platforms. According to Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford, the feature has basically been made possible for all platforms, but unfortunately there is also bad news.
As he explains in a tweet, gamers on PS4 and PS5 are initially left out. Publisher 2K Games asked to do this in order to receive certification for the update. Sony gamers are left out – as is so often the case with other titles when it comes to cross-play.
Pitchford himself does not give any further details, so that the specific background is unclear. It is well known that Sony is not necessarily considered a huge fan of cross-play. Documents have emerged from the legal dispute between Epic Games and Apple that suggested that Sony, for example, closed off cross-play in Fortnite for a very long time and only made the feature possible for a fee.
It is not known whether Sony pulled the cross-play plug in the matter of Borderlands 3 on PS4 and PS5. In this context, it would also be conceivable that a fee was also requested from 2K Games for cross-play on the PlayStation, but the publisher did not necessarily want to pay this and therefore waived an implementation. As long as there are no official statements from the parties involved, this is only a matter of speculation.
Either way: Borderlands 3 will soon support cross-play on PC, Mac, Stadia, Xbox One and Xbox Series X / S.