PlanetSide 2 players may not get cross play functionality, but SOE still hopes to link the PC and console versions.
Cross play functionality is an ideal that some developers strive for, but most of the time it's almost impossible to achieve. Getting two versions of the same game to interact across multiple platforms is complicated enough, but making sure their patches are in sync has prompted many to not bother. PlanetSide 2 is one such example, according to SOE's recent statement that the game can only be played on platform-specific servers. That said, the two versions won't be completely separate either. Creative director Matt Higby confirmed that while PC gamers can't play with their console brethren, SOE is investigating the possibility of transferring characters between platforms at will. That way, once the PlayStation 4 launches this fall, you could stick your current character into a console server without missing a beat.
"Because of the update cadence, and the additional steps you have to go through to be able to release an update on the PlayStation network, we're not going to be able to keep our servers in sync, so you won't be able to just play with the same people," Higby said. "But we're also talking about having character portability, so a PC character, you could transfer it to PlayStation 4, and then back. The character format's the same on both, it's just purely a matter of the server updates."
SOE previously stated that PlanetSide 2's PC and PS4 versions will be almost identical, so transferring characters between platforms shouldn't be a problem. Even better, Higby added that many of the optimization problems that plagued PlanetSide 2's PC launch shouldn't be a problem on the PS4. "To engineer the game for the PS4 is a lot easier because you have a consistent set of hardware that you're optimizing against," he continued. "It really is a challenge to optimize high-end PC games to be able to work on the pantheon of hardware that's available to players nowadays, it's just insane. The PS4 is a much more consistent, stable platform for us to be able to develop for."
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