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Switching on Ark PS4-Xbox One cross-play would "not take more than a few days"

Last week Ark: Survival Evolved developer Wildcard said PlayStation 4-Xbox One cross-play worked internally but Sony “won’t allow” it publicly.

The revelation, in a tweet by Wildcard co-founder Jeremy Stieglitz, followed recent reports of Sony blocking Minecraft and Rocket League PS4 cross-play.

I followed-up with Stieglitz about what has become a hot and delicate topic.

“Let’s just say we got a phone call over that one,” he told me, referring to last week’s tweet.

Fellow Wildcard co-founder Jesse Rapczak added: “Look, it’s a thing that everybody asks for and everybody wants to do, and we can’t really say anything other than what it is. It’s easy for us to do technically and it’s just policy issues, and until that gets worked out we’re not different than any other game, even the big games that want to do it. It’s not really something we can solve on our own.

“If all those Ark players want to be satisfied and play together, these cross-network play policy things really need to get sorted out – and then we’ll do it. We’re really excited about it.”

“Technically it’s doable,” continued Stieglitz. “There’s nothing preventing it. And yes, we have it running internally. We think it’s cool and we would like to make it happen, so if the policies change we’d like to be first in line to turn it on. It honestly would not take us more than a few days to enable it.”

Rapczak finished: “Microsoft and Sony need to work it out.”