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Ubisoft wants cross-platform play for all of its PvP games, CEO says

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Development is ‘well underway,’ boss tells investors

Valkyrie, a fighter class in Ubisoft’s For Honor (2017) Ubisoft Montreal/Ubisoft

Ubisoft wants to bring cross-platform play to all of its current PvP games, chief executive Yves Guillemot told investors today.

In fact, cross-play development is “well underway” at the publisher’s studios, Guillemot said. “Our goal is to put cross-play on all the PvP games that we have at [this] time,” he said.

Ubisoft’s stable of current PvP games is led by Rainbow Six Siege and For Honor, with Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 and the just-launched Ghost Recon Breakpoint supplying large player bases in their PvP modes. Brawlhalla, the free-to-play 2D fighting game that Ubisoft launched in 2015, recently added cross-platform play.

Support for cross-platform play has accelerated since Sony relented in the fall of 2018 and opened up the PlayStation 4 so that fans of Fortnite, Rocket League, and other free-to-play multiplayer games could mingle with users on other consoles, as Xbox One and Nintendo Switch players had been doing in some games for about a year. Sony’s cross-play initiative had officially been in beta until earlier this month. Friday’s launch of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is a significant step forward in cross-platform capability.

Establishing cross-platform play in the full-priced, open-world AAA games for which Ubisoft is known, would be a step up from the current catalogue. Ubisoft did not provide a more specific timeline for cross-platform play’s implementation.