Psyonix Still Trying To Work With Sony On Rocket League Cross-Play

The game is still a work in progress, but its current form on Switch runs and feels like "Rocket League".

Nintendo, a company perennially behind when it comes to consumer expectations for online functionality, revealed at the Electronic Entertainment Expo trade show that Psyonix's vehicle soccer hit Rocket League will enable crossplay between Switch, Xbox One, and PC.

But what might surprise you is that Nintendo themselves actually went to developer Psyonix and asked them to make the game on the Switch. But while both titles will feature cross-play between Switch, Xbox One and Steam, the PlayStation 4 will not.

"The honest answer is PlayStation has not yet granted us permission", Jeremy Dunham, VP of publishing at Psyonix, told Polygon. This will be an adjustment if you're used to seeing Rocket League in 1080p. PlayStation 4 is not a part of the equation due to Sony's continued staunch stance on cross-platform play, and it doesn't look like that will be changing any time soon.

Clearly the company is putting a lot of effort bringing numerous legendary Nintendo brands to Switch but also getting popular titles, that fit the Switch narrative, from other platforms.

"We think we've got it all covered", said Dunham. That's why it's up to them to help push us and Minecraft and all the companies that want to do a similar thing. "In reality it's a web page with a checkbox on it". I just really found the whole discussion around safety with our game, as if we wouldn't make it the top priority... frankly, with our parental controls on Xbox Live, and everything else we have done, we have shown that's extremely important to us as a platform.

"Technically it's possible", said Dunham. If Sony decides to let it happen they could get it up and running today itself, as a matter of fact, Psyonix stated: "it would be up and running in less than an hour all over the world". From our perspective, we've done everything we need to do.

"We also do have a technical solution in place for PS4 and would love to add Sony's platform to cross-play at the start of open beta", CD Projekt CEO Marcin Iwiński said a year ago regarding Gwent.

  • Arturo Norris