The next edition of Electronic Arts’ FIFA franchise will not be cross-play compatible, as the game’s official Twitter account has claimed.
FIFA 21, expected on October 9, will be released on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC and Nintendo Switch. And, a few weeks later, on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.
Unfortunately, for anyone who was hoping to take on their friends online, it will be impossible from console to console. In other words, a player on Xbox will not be able to compete against a player on Switch. Or a PlayStation 4 player will not be able to compete against a PC player.
But the bad news doesn’t end there. Indeed, Eltronic Arts announces that cross-play will also not work between consoles of different generations. We understand that players on PlayStation 5 will not be able to face those on Xbox Series X, or vice versa.
But the most astonishing is that players on PlayStation 4 will not be able to face those on PlayStation 5. Same on Microsoft’s side, between Xbox One and Xbox Series X. A rather strange decision, and poorly received on social networks, as evidenced by the many negative tweets reacting to the developer’s announcement.
Hopefully enough gamers will buy the console from Microsoft or Sony as well as the game, so that the next-gen version servers are not desperately empty.
You won’t be able to play across console generations or cross-play in #FIFA21.
However, you will be able to carry over your FUT progression from PS4 to PS5 and Xbox 1 to Xbox Series X. https://t.co/mUqU3zcAud
– FIFA Direct Communication (@EAFIFADirect) August 10, 2020