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Ever since For Honor came in 2017, it’s been a favorite game for gamers who love action fighting games. Many gamers want Ubisoft to make it cross-play so they can play with their friends with other gaming consoles or PC. Sadly Ubisoft has no plans for cross-play currently. In 2019, Ubisoft’s CEO Yves Guillemot said, “Our goal is to put cross-play on all the PvP games we have, over time,” so maybe they’ll make it cross-play one day.
Q. Is cross generation-play available in For Honor?
A. Yes, cross-generation play is available, Xbox One (S/X) and Xbox Series (S/X) can play together, and PlayStation 4, Playstation 4 Pro, and PlayStation 5 players can play together.
Q. Can I use the same account if I switch to a next-gen console?
A. Yes, you can use the same account and don’t even have to restore your purchases and game progression. For example, all the purchases made on PS4 will be available on PS5 too.
Q. Are purchases and progression platform transferable?
A. No, those who own the game for multiple platforms like PC and Xbox can’t transfer anything and will have to separately purchase all the emotes, outfits, effects, etc. A cross-play with an option to link all the accounts is exactly what gamers are looking for.
Q. What are some features of For Honor on next-gen consoles?
- Enhanced Texture Filtering
- Enhanced Water Reflections
- Enhanced Shadow Resolution
- Enhanced Distance Level of Detail
- 60FPS (Xbox Series X/S, PS5)
- 4k Resolution (Xbox Series X, PS5) / 1080 p (Xbox Series S)
For Honor Core Combat Update (CCU)
Why Aren’t All Games Cross-Play?
On cross-play games, all the platforms have to receive updates at the same time. For example, if developers want to launch a big update of a game, they will have to release it on all platforms at the same time. In some games, gamers with the old version of the game can match with other gamers who have the old version of the game, but games with a low player base can suffer matchmaking issues. There are other technical challenges, too, like unique processing architecture of each console.
Platform advantage issues
Developers don’t want gamers to complain about things like their performance was affected by the opponent with a better platform than they did. Below we have explained how PC gamers can cheat and take advantage of mouse and keyboard.
Manufacturers prefer exclusive games so gamers can stick with their console. Platform exclusivity is not a new thing; permanent exclusive games are often funded by console manufactures. For example, if a gamer who likes a PlayStation exclusive game will probably buy a PlayStation even though they don’t like it as much as they like other consoles. That’s why it’s common to see gamers with both Xbox and PlayStation.
Advantages of Cross-Platform Play
Easy matchmaking: More number of players means faster matchmaking. In multiplayer games with no cross-play, players can only match with players of the same platform. Crossplay can improve the matchmaking time of struggling games like For Honor. And it’s not just matchmaking time; cross-play is good for better skill-based matchmaking too, most gamers want to match with equally skilled opponents for fair gameplay. A large community, instead of 2-3 fragmented ones, can solve all these issues.
Can play with new people: Many For Honor players have complained about matching with the same old people. Games with a low player base can become boring if you have to play with the same people every day. If you occasionally play these games, you may not notice this, but hardcore players who play these games every day have mentioned this. Most people want to match with new people; they want to play with someone they have never played with before. Crossplay provides a bigger player base so you can match and play with new people.
Can play with friends with other hardware: One of the best things about cross-platform games is you can play with your friends who own different hardware. If you have a PlayStation and your friends have Xbox or PC, you can play together without spending on new hardware.
Disadvantages of Cross-Platform Play
PC gamers have advantages: PC gamers get many advantages because of powerful hardware and the peripherals they can use. Gameplay framerates for PC gamers can go beyond 200 fps, while for console players, the max is 60 fps. Keyboard and mouse offer better control over the character, and the gamer can take quick actions; it’s different for console players who play with a controller. Even though console gamers can also use a keyboard and mouse, most don’t, so the inclusion of PC gamers can be a disadvantage for console players, and we think it’s not fair.
Cheating: PC cheaters use aimbots and wallhacks in games like Warzone and Modern Warfare. Last year, Infinity Ward issued over 70k bans against Warzone cheaters, but they can create a new account for free and start doing the same thing again. Because of this, console players have to turn off cross-play from the in-game settings.
Graphical customization: Console players cannot customize gameplay graphics settings, but PC gamers can. In competitive games, PC gamers have the ability to tweak shadows and darkness for understanding the enemy location. PC gamers can also reduce overall graphics to get better framerates, which is another disadvantage for console players.
List of Some Popular Crossplay Video Games
- Dauntless: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch
- Realm Royale: Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC, PS4
- Final Fantasy XIV: PS3, PS4, Windows, macOS
- Dead by Daylight: Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PS4, PC
- Call of Duty: Warzone: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Xbox Series X, PS5
- Fortnite: PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC, mobile, Xbox Series X, PS5
- Rogue Company: PS4, Nintendo Switch, PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X
- Guns of Icarus Online: Microsoft Windows, macOS, Linux, PlayStation 4