Rumor: Red Dead Redemption 2 Cross-play Support Being Discussed

by Liam Robertson

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One of the many significant stories to come out of E3 2017 undeniably is the rise of cross-play. For those hoping to play their favourite online games with friends on other systems, the future is looking bright. Microsoft and Nintendo are seemingly embracing the feature - with updates for games such as Rocket League and Minecraft being announced that will allow their respective Nintendo Switch and Xbox One versions to interact with each other. Cross-play could be about to take another huge step forward if rumoured discussions between Rockstar, Microsoft, and Sony bear fruit.

We’ve heard from multiple sources that Rockstar has recently been pursuing cross-platform multiplayer across Xbox One and Playstation 4 versions of Red Dead Redemption 2. We first picked up word of this in May from a reputable inside source at Rockstar that has revealed correct information to us in the past regarding the timing of Red Dead 2 announcements.

There’s no word yet on how these talks between the three parties are progressing, but if Sony’s current stance on cross-play between PS4 and Xbox One games is any indication, we may never see a deal come to fruition. In a controversial move, the company recently denied developers the chance to create cross-play options between the three major consoles. They defended the questionable policy to Eurogamer, describing it as a decision based on “commercial” factors.

On the flipside, if the rumours prove true, these talks may open the door for cross-play between the Xbox versions and an eventual PC release, should one ever happen.

Red Dead Redemption 2 is currently set to launch in Spring 2018. We will keep you posted if there any updates on the possibility of it having cross-play multiplayer in the future.