Nintendo Switch has been having an awesome few months – particularly for its free-to-play gamers. Nintendo introduced throughout E3 2018 that Epic Video games could be bringing Fortnite to the console and Digital Extremes introduced lately that it might do the identical for its hit third-person shooter, Warframe.
The distinction between the video games – effectively, exterior of the plain variations in plot and gameplay – is that the previous is accessible for crossplay whereas the latter isn’t … no less than not but.
“Since asserting Warframe coming to the Change, we have obtained an unimaginable quantity of optimistic reception from each our neighborhood and Nintendo gamers,” says Digital Extremes Studio Supervisor Sheldon Carter in an electronic mail to TechRadar. “We’re exploring all choices for individuals to play on and with the Nintendo Change.”
Whereas a PR consultant at Digital Extremes couldn’t inform us when, precisely, that crossplay performance would possibly occur, they did guarantee us that it was at the moment beneath investigation and stated it is one thing the corporate want to do.
If it occurs, Warframe would be a part of the likes of Minecraft which lately introduced crossplay for its Xbox One and Nintendo Switch players.
However crossplay is simply one of many issues a developer faces when launching a success free-to-play sport on a brand new platform. The opposite is permitting gamers to make use of one account to login to a number of consoles – a function that the gaming neighborhood is dubbing cross-progression. With out it, gamers would possibly face a tough determination of which platform to play on.
We reached out for clarification on this level and it feels like, sadly, the way in which issues at the moment are, weapons and progress gained’t switch in between platforms.
Whereas Digital Extremes would not have extra to say on cross-progression proper now, it has plans to make the transition to the Change simpler for its core gamers: “Beforehand, after we’ve launched on different consoles, we’ve supported 1-time account migrations so that may be our beginning objectives for Change as effectively,” Carter stated.
There’s nonetheless a chance that this may change earlier than the sport releases in some unspecified time in the future down the street, nonetheless, so not all hope is misplaced.