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Shawn Layden Says Sony is “Open for Business” on Cross-platform Gameplay, Dev Denies Claim

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Shawn Layden, the head of Sony’s worldwide studios, has commented on the subject of cross-platform play and Playstation’s reluctance to work with others to make it happen.

Amid pressure from fans for Sony to follow Nintendo and Microsoft and change policy in regards to cross-platform play, Layden states that Sony is “open for business.”

“The whole concept of cross-play, or the movement behind it, whatever you want to call it, really got big in our rear-view mirror super-fast” Layden said, in an interview with Game Informer. “

There’s something back there, and things are closer than they appear, and there it was.

But I think we learned, from the feedback from our fans, that it was important. And it wasn’t just important to a vocal minority. Though, if you look at any of the numbers of the actual cross-play population? That Venn diagram isn’t too big. Even the fans who weren’t personally going to participate in a cross-play activity across different hardware pieces, just felt that it was kind of tone-deaf of PlayStation.”

Fans have seen what Sony has done in regards to Fortnite and Rocket League, and claim the company is being selective when it comes to cross-play capabilities.

“People keep saying, ‘Why doesn’t Sony allow more people to have it?’ We’re open for business on this one” Layden said.

“All it takes is for publishers and developers who wish to permission it. As ever, just work with your PlayStation account manager, and they will walk you through the steps that we’ve learned through our partnership with Epic on how this works.

“I don’t believe right now there is any gating factor on that. I think they’re open to make proposals, because the Fortnite thing worked pretty well.”

Layden’s comments elicited a response from the CEO of Chucklefish, who shared his own experience with Sony and their cross-platform process.

“We made many requests for crossplay (both through our account manager and directly with higher ups) all the way up until release month. We were told in no uncertain terms that it was not going to happen”, the statement read on ResetEra.

“From our side, we can literally toggle a switch and have it working. Of course policy work might be more complicated for Sony.

“Just wanted to provide some balance on the issue and say that it certainly isn’t a question of developers having not contacted their account managers or having dropped the ball. We were told no.”

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Dota 2 New Hero is Snapfire

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Dota 2 is rolling out a brand new hero, and this time it’s a grandma wielding a shotgun.

Snapfire is the latest hero to join the roster, and she is expected to arrive, shotgun and all, sometime this fall.

Oh, and she won’t be coming alone as she comes with a giant lizard friend, and a senior citizen badass who loves to bake cookies, because that’s what grandmother’s do.

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Fortnite’s B.R.U.T.E Mech Officially Nerfed

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Finally, Fortnite has nerfed the highly-powerful B.R.U.T.E mech that was introduced during the launch of Season 10.

The nerf will likely delight a number of fans, who have been calling for the mech’s removal as the mech has been almost unstoppable, and has altered gameplay tremendously when in play.

While it’s not a removal, it will make the mech a less over-powering force when in gameplay.

Additionally, the Junk Rift has been disabled in FNCS tournament and Arena playlists.

Here are the details


B.R.U.T.E.

  • Decreased the maximum amount of rockets fired by the B.R.U.T.E. in a single charge from 10 to 6.
  • Decreased the rate at which the rockets are fired from the B.R.U.T.E. by 56%.
  • Our goal with these changes is to increase the back and forth between the users of the B.R.U.T.E. and the players they face. These changes allow the players on the receiving end of the missile volley to have more time to react and protect themselves.
  • Decreased the radius of the B.R.U.T.E.’s rocket explosion by 42%.
  • Our goal with this change is to improve consistency and understanding around focused barrages of missiles. B.R.U.T.E.s will continue to be a strong option against structures, but less lethal against players.
  • Increased the dash cooldown from 3 seconds to 5 seconds.
  • The previous dash cooldown not only increased the B.R.U.T.E.’s mobility, but also made the B.R.U.T.E.s a harder target to hit from distance than we’d like. The adjustment here reduces the ability to close gaps quickly while in the B.R.U.T.E. while also increasing the ability to land shots on target for players facing the B.R.U.T.E.
  • Decreased the velocity gained from boosting while in air by 33%.
  • We want to reduce a B.R.U.T.E.’s ability to engage and disengage at long distances to encourage a more strategic approach to an encounter. In general we hope to shift B.R.U.T.E.s away from being highly mobile and put more emphasis on their already defensive nature.
  • The B.R.U.T.E. no longer grants materials to the driver and passenger when stomping or dashing through the environment.
  • Note: This change should roll out shortly following the other changes.
  • Our goal is to add more tension between being in and out of a B.R.U.T.E. as well as reduce instances where players can farm faster than intended without exposing themselves to danger.
  • Adjusted the variability of spawn rates for storm phases 1, 2, and 3 in core modes. Arena spawn rates will remain unchanged.
  • Previously, the early stages of a match were guaranteed a minimum amount of B.R.U.T.E.s. We’d like to provide a little more variance to that experience so that matches don’t always play out the same way. The overall average number of B.R.U.T.E.s per game is reduced slightly.
  • Decreased the material cost of using the gunner’s overshield from 200 to 75.
  • Our goal is to further emphasize use of materials for positive defensive benefit.
  • Increased the Health of the B.R.U.T.E from 1000 to 1250.
  • With the above changes, users of the B.R.U.T.E. need to play a bit more strategic than before, so we want to give a little bit longer of a window to do so.

Storm phase 1

  • New spawn rates
  • 29% chance to spawn 0.
  • 14.3% chance to spawn 1.
  • 14.3% chance to spawn 2.
  • 14.3% chance to spawn 3.
  • 14.3% chance to spawn 4.
  • 14.3% chance to spawn 5.
  • Old spawn rates
  • 33% chance to spawn 2.
  • 33% chance to spawn 3.
  • 33% chance to spawn 4.

Storm phase 2

  • New spawn rates
  • 25% chance to spawn 0.
  • 25% chance to spawn 1.
  • 25% chance to spawn 2.
  • 25% chance to spawn 3.
  • Old spawn rates
  • 33% chance to spawn 2.
  • 33% chance to spawn 3.
  • 33% chance to spawn 4.

Storm phase 3

  • New spawn rates
  • 25% chance to spawn 0.
  • 25% chance to spawn 1.
  • 25% chance to spawn 2.
  • 25% chance to spawn 3.
  • Old spawn rates
  • 33% chance to spawn 1.
  • 33% chance to spawn 2.
  • 33% chance to spawn 3.

Junk Rift

  • The Junk Rift has been temporarily removed from Arena playlists. This is due to an audio issue caused when the portal is significantly higher than a player.
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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2v2 Gunfight Alpha Now Live on Playstation 4

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Activision has opened the alpha test of the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Gunfight early, and it is now available on Playstation 4, ahead of schedule nonetheless.

Activision turned servers on almost 24 hours earlier than expected, and the alpha already has a Playstation Store page so you can queue the 36GB download.

According to developer Infinity Ward, Gunfight will be included in the September beta.

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