Borderlands 3 Players will soon be able to band together to hunt loot across the galaxy on all platforms – unless their friends are on PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5.
Randy Pitchford, President and CEO of Developer Borderlands Gearbox Software, tweeted Thursday morning that he had “good news” and “bad news”. The good news from Pitchford is that Gearbox has prepared a game update that will add cross play support on “all platforms”. The bad news? 2K Games, Borderlands 3The publisher of Gearbox has asked Gearbox to “remove cross-play support for PlayStation consoles” in order to obtain certification to release the patch, Pitchford said.
This means that cross-play will be limited to other platforms on which Borderlands 3 is available: Mac, Stadia, Windows, Xbox One and Xbox Series X.
Pitchford did not provide further details on the reasoning behind the decision. We reached out to 2K Games and Sony to seek clarification on the situation.
Good or bad news first? Good news: an update for Borderlands 3 has been prepared for release that includes full crossplay support on all platforms. Bad news: For certification, the publisher asked us to remove cross-play support for PlayStation consoles.
– Randy Pitchford (@DuvalMagic) May 27, 2021
In the past, cross-play heists have come from Sony. The company has sadly delayed cross-play in games like Rocket league, and seems to push the system back where possible. This issue was recently raised during the Epic lawsuit against Apple, when Epic CEO Tim Sweeney revealed that his studio had paid Sony to enable cross-play in Fortnite. According to Sweeney, Sony is the only platform holder that requires some sort of cross-play compensation.
If Sony requested payment for 2K and Gearbox to add cross play to Borderlands 3, 2K Games may have refused to pay, choosing instead to remove PlayStation consoles from the new feature entirely. This seems the most likely scenario behind the mysterious deletion of Pitchford’s tweet.
This news comes just two days after Bungie opened its cross-play beta for another loot shooter Destiny 2, which includes PlayStation consoles. Pitchford did not disclose when the Borderlands 3 Cross-play functionality will arrive, or if there will be some kind of beta testing before launch.
We’ll update this story once we get some clarity on Sony or 2K’s reasoning.