The Elder Scrolls: Legends is set to launch on consoles sometime this year. However, Bethesda has made it clear that cross-play is such essential part of Legends. In turn, the game’s PS4 release is now being shrouded in doubt, given the fact that Sony has been notoriously steadfast in their refusal to support cross-platform play.

“We continue to make our case for ‘this is how it needs to work’ and ‘this is how it needs to function,'” Bethesda’s Pete Hines said in an interview with Eurogamer. “But we are moving ahead with the assumption that any platform we release it on must support cross-progression and cross-play. I am aware of the conflict that arises given that statement but we are continuing to work on it.”

Hines went on to say that Bethesda are currently in dialogue with Sony, as well as The Elder Scrolls: Legends‘ other platforms, in regards to cross-platform play.

“We need everybody to be on board and understand–Nintendo, Microsoft–this is how we’re proceeding. I don’t want anybody to think I’m trying to single Sony out because I’m not. These conversations we have, we have with everybody, including Apple and Google.”

Hines was directly asked whether or not The Elder Scrolls: Legends would even launch for the PS4 if Sony still refused to allow cross-platform play, to which he responded, “I imagine the answer is fairly dire but I don’t want to jump to conclusions yet because there’s a lot of space between ‘yes’ and ‘no.’ What if they so ‘no’ to this but ‘yes’ to this? It could present an unforeseen and workable solution.”

Hines then bookended his thoughts on the matter:

“Whatever they say, we will continue to have a conversation with any platform directly. I don’t want to play this out in the court of public opinion. We respect Sony, we respect Microsoft, we respect Nintendo. If I or my company has an issue, we will bring it up with them directly; we know who to call, we know who to email – we’ll talk to them and see if we can figure it out.”

The Elder Scrolls: Legends is currently available for PC, Android, and iOS. The game will also be released for Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PS4 in 2018.

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A lifelong gamer who got his start playing Spyro the Dragon, Trap Gunner, and Medievil II on the original PlayStation (and has been impatiently awaiting Medievil III ever since), as well as Sonic the Hedgehog on the Sega Genesis. Now has a penchant for games with compelling stories, but still spends way more time playing Tony Hawk games than any one person should and could listen to their soundtracks all day long if need be. Has worked as an online writer since late 2016, giving his take on video games, movies, television shows, comic books, and the like. Currently waiting to be cast in a 21 Jump Street revival TV series.