War Thunder Dev Says Microsoft “Not Allowing” PC Cross-Play
War Thunder isn’t coming to Xbox One because of Microsoft’s cross play restriction.
That, at least, is what War Thunder developer Gaijin Entertainment is claiming and, according to studio CEO Anton Yudinstev, why the free-to-play game isn’t coming to the Xbox One. “Microsoft is not allowing cross-play completely; which means [War Thunder] cannot be on Xbox One,” said Yudinstev in a statement at GDC.
Yudinstev would go to explain that Microsoft wants to certify game servers as a way to ensure online and cross-play is a “good experience” for users. Unfortunately, the company’s certification process currently doesn’t allow for War Thunder to come to console. Yudinstev would go on to explain that Microsoft’s less than stellar treatment of free-to-play indie developers has also been a driving factor behind the studio embracing the PS4 rather than the Xbox One.
“Sony is much more open to indie developers and free-to-play games in general,” he said. “Not only that, but Microsoft has a lot of unspoken limitations like if you want to make a free-to-play game you have to talk to an account manager and there are no set of rules; you need to communicate them; and the rule depends on the [individual account manager]. If he likes your game you get approval, if he doesn’t you don’t get approval.” In Yudinstev’s opinion, it’s not correct “that anyone can be the one who can choose which game is good and which is bad because each game is for a specific audience.”