At E3 last week, Nintendo surprised a lot of people when it was announced that there would be a few titles released on the Nintendo Switch that would actually support cross-platform multiplayer. Nintendo, like Apple, generally keeps to themselves, which is why the E3 announcements were a surprise.
We’re talking titles like Minecraft and Rocket League. Nintendo is getting with the times. Nintendo of America corporate communications director Charlie Scibetta spoke about the company’s decision to support cross-platform multiplayer.
Speaking about bringing Rocket League onto the Switch and supporting cross-platform multiplayer, Scibetta says, “We’re trying to be more flexible as a company. We’re reaching out to try and get people to interact with our IP. In this case Rocket League is their IP on our system, but we’re trying to get people involved with us in any way we can, whether that’s on mobile now, or through Universal Studios parks, or through licensing deals like Vans.”
He adds, “If people want to play cross platform, we want to enable that.” Wow. That is refreshing to hear Nintendo doing all it can to make players happy. Right now, Sony is the only console maker that is holding out on cross-platform on titles such as Minecraft and Rocket League, but they do support cross-platform for other titles.