Infinity Ward and Activision caught many by surprise when they officially revealed Call of Duty: Modern Warfare back in May. One of the main reasons for this was the following statement:
"First, the team plans for Modern Warfare to be played together across PC and console through cross-play support."
Many of us had been waiting for cross-play a long time, so even the mention of the word got our hearts pumping. Then we took a closer look at the wording. They have "plans"? "PC and console"? Did they word the statement this way to hide that it wouldn't be ready by launch and that it would only be "cross-play" between PC and each console separately? We were told that they didn't have further comments when we asked for a clarification back then, so we decided to get things straight when we visited Infinity Ward earlier this week.
Jack O'Hara, the game's design director, had barely gotten into the room when we asked just how cross-play will work. He could then confirm that it will be there at launch and that it's real cross-play. This means that PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One players will get to play with and against each other with no restrictions. Console players who don't want to play against players who use a keyboard and mouse can just choose that in the menus, so having this option is all positive.
It's worth mentioning that O'Hara didn't quite agree with Psyonix's statement that enabling cross-play was as easy as the push of the button, as Infinity Ward has been working on this for years. Getting the core gameplay wasn't especially challenging, but making the friendslist, communication and stuff like that right took a lot longer. Still, we've now that many upcoming games will support the feature, so it seems like both the technology and Sony have got to the place we want them to be.