Borderlands 3 Is Getting Crossplay Everywhere But PlayStation

Borderlands 3 Is Getting Crossplay Everywhere But PlayStation
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More than a year after it was released, Gearbox’s cartoonishly violent loot-shooter Borderlands 3 is apparently soon getting crossplay for all platforms…except for PlayStation.

“An update for Borderlands 3 has been prepared for release that includes full crossplay support across all platforms,” Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford wrote in a tweet this morning. “Bad News: For certification, we have been required by the publisher to remove crossplay support for PlayStation consoles.”

As ever, it is not immediately apparent what the hell Pitchford means. But, as The Verge noted, the absence of crossplay on PlayStation 4 and 5 could be a result of Sony’s policy regarding crossplay certification. In 2018, Sony caved to requests and allowed crossplay between PlayStation games and versions of those games on other platforms, though the process didn’t exactly roll out smoothly. At the moment, Sony reportedly demands extra compensation to certify crossplay support, confirmed by testimony revealed by Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeny in this month’s hot-button Epic vs. Apple trial.

In 2019, before Borderlands 3 launched, Pitchford indicated cross-platform play would come to Borderlands 3. Last year, when announcing the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S versions of the game, Gearbox kicked the can down the road a bit. As recently as February, players were inquiring about crossplay support.

Read between the lines all you want — about whether this was a result of Sony demanding exorbitant certification fees, 2K declining to pay those fees, or just Randy Pitchford being Randy Pitchford — at the end of the day, it seems like Borderlands 3 crossplay will only be available for PC and Xbox for the time being. Whatever the rationale, this amounts to a total bummer as Borderlands 3 plays far better on PS5 than elsewhere, thanks to the fancy adaptive triggers of the DualSense controller.

Sony, Gearbox, and Borderlands publisher 2K did not immediately respond to requests for comment from Kotaku.

 

Comments

    • You mean how they are already winning the sales and units war with only the bare stock around. I’m sure they are simply terrified.

      • “You mean how they are already winning the sales and units war with only the bare stock around. I’m sure they are simply terrified.” -Citation needed, Because I’m pretty sure both consoles are hard to find.

        Remove the fanboy blinders and turn away from tribalism.

        • Is Sony even making any money on the PS5 yet? With every console sold at a loss and so much stock held by scalpers (meaning there’s no consoles to play games on), I have to wonder if they’re even breaking even on the PS5 at this point.

  • This is the correct approach, whilst it sucks for Playstation gamers, its been pretty obvious that Sony have been assholes about crossplay, and that won’t change for devs until they start repeatedly leaving Sony out in the cold.

    • I am also in the same boat, though perhaps slightly ahead (I never got a PS5 and went Series X in November). 10 years ago I was all Sony (though I still had a 360). I got the PS4 day 1 and ended up grabbing an xbox in 2016.

      Over time though between Sony’s arrogance and Microsoft’s ‘make good’ on their abysmal XBone launch I’ve moved across to XB bring my primary.

      Still, I do want a Ps5 for their exclusives, they cannot be ignored!

      • I’ve got a friend who’ll end up getting a Xbox so we can play together, since he doesn’t like Sony being so restrictive on crossplay. Turns out that Playstation loyalty doesn’t last when it extends to people wanting multiplayer with all of their friends.

      • I mean, it’ll be a gradual migration. The exclusives are undeniably powerful on Sony’s side (just replayed God of War NG+ to get up to scratch for the sequel – now ultrahyped!), and I’ve got a hell of a lot of titles left with which to enjoy backwards capability and next-gen patches. But the xbox is looking like a regular winner on the x-platform stakes moving forward, and Game Pass is providing some unbelievable value for money and only looking to get better.

        Sony’s on the back foot, and making people choose between the slightly-less-powerful platform vs the all ones that can play with everyone else shouldn’t help them in the slightest.

    • It’s crazy how badly Sony is handling just about everything this generation except its killer exclusives. Sub par game subscription service, expensive games, lack of cross play, average backwards compatibility and even what they do well with, exclusives, they barely have released any

  • Yet given the news is coming from Randy, with no details, my willingness to take it at face value is lacking. Yes it’s hardly surprising from PS but this is Randy, I can’t think of anyone in the gaming world whose words mean leas

    • Well, the inference after the Epic v Apple trial is that publishers have to pay Sony for the privilege of crossplay as a standard thing and Gearbox mustn’t have handed over the money. I’d tell Sony to fuck off as well, when them refusing on the basis of “pay me because crossplay doesn’t benefit my platform” is pure anti-consumer.

    • Except we have documented legal proof of sonys demands and thoughts surrounding cross-platform play. But please, continue.

  • “as Borderlands 3 plays far better on PS5 than elsewhere, thanks to the fancy adaptive triggers of the DualSense controller.”
    yes. a first person shooter designed for pc totally plays best on a sub par console. great journalism.

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