The next game from CD Projekt Red will be Gwent: The Witcher Card Game, which will feature cross-platform play between Xbox One and PC. In an interview with IGN, CDPR CEO Marcin Iwiński explained that the Gwent team has a solution to bring PlayStation 4 players into the cross-platform huddle, but it requires Sony's approval.
"Our upcoming Gwent: The Witcher Card Game will launch in closed beta for PC and Xbox One later this year, and Microsoft already confirmed Gwent's cross-play feature not only between Xbox One and PC, but also other consoles if they allow it," said Iwiński. "We also do have a technical solution in place for PS4 and would love to add Sony's platform to cross-play at the start of open beta. All we need is a green light from Sony. At the end of the day, this is for the players, isn't it?"
In a previous interview, Psyonix vice president Jeremy Dunham explained that it also had a Xbox One/PS4 cross-platform solution ready to go for Rocket League.
"Right now, we're literally at the point where all we need is the go-ahead on the Sony side and we can, in less than a business day, turn it on and have it up and working no problem. It'd literally take a few hours to propagate throughout the whole world, so really we're just waiting on the permission to do so," Dunham told IGN.
Sony is not opposed completely to cross-platform play, as PS4-exclusive Street Fighter V plays quite well with its Steam version on PC. Dunham believes Sony is just looking into all potential issues before moving forward.
"Sony's such a big company that I'm sure it takes a while for them to figure out what it is that the roadblocks are, what sort of issues they might run into with other titles, any number of things that I can't even begin to speculate on," he said.
"We definitely ask them for updates often, and we're still very confident that they're eventually going to open those doors and welcome us in, but we also are really understanding that it's going to take a while especially given all the ramifications of everything. It was just as much of a surprise to them as I think the rest of the world when Microsoft said that they would do it."
Until Sony agrees, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 players will remain apart, with PC players occasionally bridging the gap between the two.