Sony exec predicts cross-platform will come to other games 'over time' following Fortnite - Dexerto

Sony exec predicts cross-platform will come to other games ‘over time’ following Fortnite

Published: 29/Sep/2018 1:11

by Calum Patterson


Chairman of Sony Interactive Entertainment, Shawn Layden, has spoken about the potential for more cross-platform games coming to PS4, following the start of the Fortnite cross-play beta being announced.

In an unprecedented move, PlayStation started a cross-play and cross-progression beta for Fortnite Battle Royale on Tuesday, September 25, the first time PS4 players have been able to play alongside players on rival systems, Xbox and Nintendo.

Many believed it was a sign of Sony caving into the demand, after they previously seemed to rule it out completely, but Layden said it was always something they wanted to do, but just had to make sure it was done correctly.

Layden explains that enabling cross-play wasn’t “as simple as flipping a switch and there you go. It’s a very multidimensional attribute or feature.”

He explains that it took Sony so long to come around to cross-play because of the complexity of the feature, not because they were against it, saying “It’s taken us longer than I would have wanted”.

With Fortnite the groundbreaker, many are asking about the potential for cross-play in other popular multiplayer games, and Layden says “certainly, once we can prove that this is holding together sturdy and well, I would anticipate seeing other games in this service over time.”

Discussion of cross-platform can be found at the 13 minute mark:

Players of some of the most popular console games including Call of Duty, Destiny and Overwatch have been crying out for cross-play for years, and hope that the precedent set by Fortnite could be the floodgates opening.

With CoD: Black Ops 4 and Red Dead Online coming in October, there will undoubtedly be lots of requests for these games to be cross-platform. Layden said “65% of my Twitter feed over the last few months” had been requests for Fortnite cross-play.

Activision recently stated that they would not rule out cross-play for some of their most popular multiplayer titles.


Riot devs explain why Valorant’s next maps will be like Icebox

Published: 23/Nov/2020 17:01

by Lauren Bergin


Icebox has become one of the most hotly debated maps in Valorant, but Riot Games map developer Joe Ziegler has stated that future map designs are likely to follow in its footsteps. 

Everyone and their Valorant grandmother knows about Icebox, Riot Games’ latest addition to the game. Icebox was released into Future Earth on patch 1.11, however since then it has generated a lot of controversy.

Fans are truly divided on this map, some refer to it as “garbage” while others truly seem to love it. The icy location certainly has left some fans out in the cold due to the vast array of angles on offer to pick off enemies from and the countless routes that the map offers.

However, whether or not Icebox has wowed fans or otherwise, Riot map developer Joe Zeigler has told players to expect more Icebox-style locations.

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Riot Games
Icebox has quite quickly solidified itself as one of Valorant’s most hated maps.

Riot Ziegler confirms that future maps will be more like Icebox

In a recent instalment of Dev Diaries, Ziegler takes the bull by the horns when it comes to the Icebox discussion.

The segment entitled ‘Icebox and the future of maps’ clarifies that Riot’s vision with every new map is to “bring meaningful new changes that ask you to think about how you approach the space. Our four original maps were designed to introduce you to the complexities of Valorant, especially with so much unique agent utility to play against.”

Ziegler goes on to clarify that “moving forward I hope you can see how we’ll continue challenging the basic concepts of map design in order to promote more diverse, strategic play”. Citing Icebox as an example because it’s more complex design forces players to work on their aim as well as skirmishing ability.

Icebox’s layout allows players to “plan more strategically and perform tactically with guns and character abilities,” something that Riot seek to promote moving forward.

So like it or not, Valorant’s map designers will be using Icebox’s complex design as their blueprint moving forward. Hopefully this decision continues to add an element of difficulty to the game that we perviously haven’t seen before. We’ll keep our eyes out for any further Valorant map news.