After the recent Fortnite cross-platform play debacle - in which Sony has blocked players from using their accounts on Nintendo Switch - the idea of playing with friends regardless of system preference has been a hot topic just lately. One of the most talked about games for which players hope to see cross-platform play is FIFA, and with FIFA 19 headed to all major platforms this September, now would be the perfect time for the franchise to jump aboard the all-inclusive ship.
Of course, FIFA does not currently allow any cross-platform play whatsoever. This means that you can't play with or against friends on a different console to your own, and there is also no way of having a consistent FIFA Ultimate Team experience across your favourite systems. This doesn't seem to be an oversight on EA's part, though, and apparently, it is something the studio has looked into.
Talking to Eurogamer at this year's E3, FIFA creative director Matt Prior has said that the idea of cross-platform play is something often talked about, before suggesting that first-party hurdles may well be to blame for its current non-existence.
"It's something we've looked at, and it's something we often talk about. There are a lot of issues to work through. I'm trying to be diplomatic here! There are a lot of issues to work through with various first parties. But Fortnite does that now with PC to consoles. From a consumer standpoint, it makes the community that much broader, which makes it that much more compelling."
It certainly seems like EA Sports would like cross-platform play to arrive for the hugely-popular football franchise, but does this mean FIFA 19 will be the first in the series to benefit? Prior wouldn't confirm an answer either way, but did at least offer a small flicker of hope.
"It's something we're aware of. I'm not making any promises. But you've seen that [cross-platform play] happen for the first time very recently. If you'd asked me that a few years ago I'd probably have said, 'it's not going to happen. We'll monitor and see.' I think it would be a net benefit to the users. One day!"
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