Paradox says cross-play is "the way to go", but technical limitations are a struggle
Aside from being strong single-player experiences, Paradox games often include a compelling multiplayer element as well. Playing along-side friends is one of the greatest assets for longevity in the genre. Now Paradox have started overseeing console versions, there's the option of cross-play. The developers are keen, but there's some hurdles to overcome first.
At PDXCON, Paradox was asked if cross-play was a possibility. Shams Jorjani, Paradox Chief Business Development Officer, answered that right now the multiplayer side of the audience isn't huge. But as that contingent grows, it becomes something of greater interest. "Generally, most of the grand strategy games have multiplayer, and we see between around eight and 20% of our players that play multiplayer," He said. "So as that becomes a bigger thing it might become more relevant."
Bridging the gap between platforms is something that falls within Paradox's wider philosophies, too, Jorjani explained. "We generally tend to favour openness and connectivity," He said. "Who's against cross-platform play?"
Building cross-platform multiplayer is easier said than done, however. There's a wide array of technical differences in PC and console, and bringing those communities together seamlessly presents many hurdles.
"Personally, in theory, I think cross-play is the way to go," Ebba Ljungerud, CEO of Paradox, said. "But then you have lots of technical limitations, or various weaknesses." Jorjani adding: "It's not graphical, it's processing power to run the simulations." The example given is Nintendo Switch, where there's a smaller screen and much less buttons for input commands among other issues, but the logic can be applied in to PS4, Xbox One and mobile, who each present distinct challenges.
While waiting for the chance to play with your console buddies, you can check out Crusader Kings 2 for free in lieu of Crusader Kings 3 being revealed, and have a look at the newly announced expansions for Stellaris, Prison Architect, and Hearts of Iron IV.
Blizzard's popular hero shooter Overwatch comes to Nintendo Switch on October 15. It's the first new platform for the title since its release across PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC back in 2016. It's also
More News in Games
GameSpot may get a commission from retail offers. A number of big additions and changes have been detailed for patch 5.1 in Final Fantasy XIV via the latest Letter from the Producer Live. This includes
GameSpot may get a commission from retail offers. Pokemon Go's Halloween 2019 event is now underway, and it's introduced a new Mythical Pokemon to the game: Darkrai. The nightmare-inducing Dark-type has started to appear in
Warframe's next big update will be called The Old Blood, and it will see the launch of a whole host of features that developer Digital Extremes has been teasing for
It's the middle of October which means that Halloween is right around the corner. To celebrate the spooky season of trick-or-treating, ghosts, and pumpkins, the Epic Games Store is holding a Halloween Sale
Halloween is one of the best times of the year for gamers. Beyond the costumes, we're treated to a plethora of spooky events and other promotions. The Epic Games Store is the latest vendor
There's always something to do in Neighborville, the suburban wonderland that serves as the setting for the latest game in Popcap's Plants Vs. Zombies third-person shooter spinoff. No matter which side