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Microsoft & Sony Rivalry Blocking Defiance Cross-Platform Multiplayer

Jonathan Lester
Action Games, Defiance, Microsoft, MMO, PC games, PS3 games, RPG, Sony, SyFy, Trion Worlds, Xbox 360 games

Microsoft & Sony Rivalry Blocking Defiance Cross-Platform Multiplayer

Having spent several hours getting to grips with Defiance, it's clear that Trion's ambitious cooperative MMO shooter currently allows for smooth cross-platform play between PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 versions. However, Microsoft and Sony aren't willing to set aside their bitter rivalry for long enough to make it work at launch - if ever.

"There will not be cross-platform play," Trion Worlds Senior Producer Robert Hill told us during a lengthy interview scheduled for publication later today. "We do it right now."

"You can see all the PS3s and PCs," he continued, gesturing at the trestles full of preview stations. "They are playing on the same server. Every day, we play Xbox 360, PS3 and PC together. Unfortunately, at launch, Microsoft and Sony aren't really friendly with each other so they won't let us do that cross-platform play."

Another source, who prefers to remain anonymous, told us that Trion discussed the notion of creating PS3 versus Xbox 360 PvP matches in order to stir up a entertaining rivalry.

Considering that Defiance uses a single compatible build designed to work scalably across all three platforms, it's galling that manufacturer malice will stymie what could have been a new precedent in multiplayer gaming. Still, Defiance is shaping up to be incredibly ambitious as is, seeing as events in the game will feed back into a simultaneously-running TV show on the Syfy channel.

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Quietus  Dec. 13, 2012 at 15:36

However, Microsoft and Sony aren't willing to set aside their bitter rivalry for long enough to make it work at launch - if ever.
This just proves that they aren't interested in what consumers actually want, and would rather monopolise the money. They'd cut off their nose to spite their face, in that they'd rather than all of nothing than half of something. Muppets.

Sephiroth  Dec. 13, 2012 at 15:50

Square Enix had exactly the same problem with Final Fantasy XIV. They wanted all consoles and PC to play on the same servers like FFXI but Microsoft wouldn't allow it so they ditched the 360 version.

You can't blame Sony here, they've no problem with cross platform online play as FFXIV will be on PS3 and PC playing together, it's Microsoft preventing this.

garyfrclev  Jan. 15, 2013 at 17:42

i have both systems and i think a cross platform game would be awsome the servers would have to very strong though for all the users

MrFreeze1991  Mar. 15, 2013 at 22:07

It's sad to see two tycoons unable to compromise for the benefit of their consumers.

Dreydorian  Mar. 30, 2013 at 16:27

I would have to agree with everyone here... One of the many reasons MMOs like WoW remain popular is because of the versatility of the software to work with different hardware configurations. Bringing an MMO that is so easily placed on any system, such as Defiance, into complete cross-platform play is the only way to maximize on the entertainment audience.

They're revolutionizing the MMO concept, if the TV serial is as popular as I expect it will be (15m preview trailer is awesome), so why would the console manufacturers not put their differences aside to make this the best MMO launch ever? How could it possibly hurt their sales, independently? The audience for this game could be double or triple what the usual MMO target is, just from the show alone. I just don't understand it.

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