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Fallout 76 will not have cross-play, despite Sony being onboard

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Picture of three people looking at Appalachia in Fallout 76
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Bethesda's Pete Hines has confirmed that Fallout 76 will not support any sort of cross-play even though Sony recently changed their cross-play policies to allow playing with people who are using rival consoles. We called it, though.

Earlier this year we touched upon the topic of Fallout 76 and its lack of cross-play which Todd Howard, and be extent - Bethesda, blamed on Sony claiming that it was the Japanese giant who were "not helpful" in the efforts of making the cross-play feature available.

We raised a point of whether Bethesda ever planned to make the feature in the first place and if they used controversy spurred by Sony over Fortnite cross-play as an excuse to cover the possibility that Bethesda never intended to put any resources into developing cross-play for Fallout 76.

Pete Hines' latest tweets seem to indicate those suspicions could be true after he apparently cheered at Sony for changing their stance on cross-play with Switch and Xbox One. He was subsequently barraged by fans' questions about Fallout 76's cross-play, which prompted him to tweet again, saying that this time around "Fallout 76 does not support cross-play, for a number of reasons".

He also stated that the feature is "not on [Bethesda's] radar" either, which would be rather odd if the company actually intended to support cross-play in the game. Hines did add that their focus is completely on the upcoming beta tests and game launch, which is less than two months away, so it is unclear whether cross-play might be added after that.

BethesdaPicture of three people looking at Appalachia in Fallout 76Can we now have cross-play with Skyrim on microwaves and Fallout on guitars?

On the other hand, a follow-up tweet revealed that Bethesda made the decision not to support cross-play "a long time ago" and that Hines kept repeating that for months, which puts further questions on the integrity of Todd Howard's statement where he Sony for having no cross-play in Fallout 76. As we pointed in our article back then, nothing stopped tBethesda from having cross-play with Xbox One.

If Bethesda does indeed decide to add cross-play support, it would mean additional problems for the folks in Appalachia as Xbox One will soon get keyboard & mouse support, meaning that Xbox One players would be at a massive advantage over PlayStation 4 users when it comes to aiming and generally navigating the field.