EA Sports Considers Cross-Platfrom Play in FIFA 19; “A Net Benefit to Users”
Imagine how connected the FIFA playerbase will get.
FIFA 19 is a very important entry in the franchise, featuring official licensed UEFA competitions after snatching it up from Konami’s Pro Evolution Soccer’s series. Cross-platform play is a controversial topic, but much talked about within the FIFA community. FIFA creative director Matt Prior was featured in an interview with Eurogamer during E3, where he answered a few questions regarding how and why cross-platform play isn’t available in FIFA right now, as well as discussing some of the benefits it may bring to the community.
“It’s something we’ve looked at, and it’s something we often talk about. There are a lot of issues to work through. I’m trying to be diplomatic here! There are a lot of issues to work through with various first parties. But Fortnite does that now with PC to consoles. From a consumer standpoint, it makes the community that much broader, which makes it that much more compelling.”
“It’s something we’re aware of,” he said. “I’m not making any promises. But you’ve seen that [cross-platform play] happen for the first time very recently. If you’d asked me that a few years ago I’d probably have said, ‘it’s not going to happen. We’ll monitor and see.’ I think it would be a net benefit to the users. One day!”
FIFA 19 releases on September 28th for PS4, Xbox One, PC and Nintendo Switch.