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.