Cross-play is finally making its way to Borderlands 3 for almost every platform. According to Randy Pitchford, Gearbox’s CEO, cross-play support for PlayStation consoles needed to be removed.
It’s not clear why PlayStation consoles had to be left out of Borderlands 3’s cross-play update. Pitchford announced this change in a tweet, saying, “For certification, we have been required by the publisher to remove cross-play support for PlayStation consoles.”
However, Borderlands 3’s publisher 2K may not be the only reason for the consoles exclusions from cross-play. During the Epic vs. Apple trial, documents submitted to the court revealed that Sony requires developers adding cross-play to their games pay a royalty fee. Sony calculates this fee based on the popularity of the PlayStation version of the game, and how much money it made on PSN.
Sony hasn’t been huge fans of cross-play for quite some time, with Rocket League developer Psyonix saying the tech company was hesitant to allow cross-play. Sony has, of course, become more lenient with allowing cross-play on PlayStation consoles.
2K hasn’t given any more comments on the situation and the story will be update if anything changes.