Aliens: Fireteam Elite, the upcom­ing co-op shoot­er with­in the Alien series, will sup­port cross-gen play, but not cross-plat­form play. Devel­op­er Cold Iron Stu­dios told GameSpot this news today. Essen­tial­ly, this means PlaySta­tion users can play with­in their ecosys­tem, but not with Xbox or PC play­ers. The same goes the oth­er way around.

When asked about this (rather odd) choice for a co-op shoot­er, Cold Iron Stu­dios CEO Craig Zinkievich said that “there is cur­rent­ly no plan for cross-play at this time.” It might be added lat­er on, but like­ly not direct­ly after the game’s release.

Since Fireteam Elite was designed to be played with your bud­dies, it’s a strange deci­sion to sep­a­rate player­bas­es. Replay­ing mis­sions is essen­tial if you want to under­stand the sto­ry, as the intel needs to be found dur­ing these missions. 

Intel is not the only rea­son to return to the mis­sions, as Cold Iron Stu­dios has point­ed out.

Each mis­sion fea­tures alter­nate paths, ran­dom objec­tives, or var­ied ene­my encoun­ters to keep the mis­sions fresh,” Zinkievich said. “There’s a series of tech­nol­o­gy and heuris­tics that mod­i­fy the pop­u­la­tion of the mis­sion as play­ers play through.”

Addi­tion­al­ly, play­ers have access to a num­ber of options for a cus­tomiz­able expe­ri­ence while delv­ing into Fireteam Elite. There are five dif­fer­ent class kits to choose from (each with dif­fer­ent abil­i­ties and perks) and you can pick from 30 dif­fer­ent weapons. Stack five dif­fer­ent dif­fi­cul­ties on top of that and you’re look­ing at some good times with your friends. 

And then there’s the ‘Chal­lenge Card’ sys­tem: dozens of dif­fer­ent ‘mis­sion muta­tors’ that play­ers can play at the begin­ning of a mis­sion to real­ly change up how the mis­sion plays,” Zinkievich stat­ed. “Some are cos­met­ic in nature, but many great­ly change up the game­play by adding addi­tion­al chal­lenges or added dif­fi­cul­ty. Com­plete a mis­sion with a Chal­lenge Card enabled and you’ll earn addi­tion­al rewards.”

Don’t wor­ry, if you’re friends don’t play Fireteam Elite, there is a pub­lic match­mak­ing sys­tem so play­ers can find oth­ers to enjoy the game with online. If some­one in your par­ty leaves (on acci­dent or on pur­pose), you won’t get a penalty.

There are no built-in penal­ties for leav­ing. If a play­er drops out or is dis­con­nect­ed, their place is tak­en by an AI team­mate until the end of the mission.”

Alien: Fireteam Elite is set to launch on PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC on August 24th.