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FIFA 19

FIFA 19's producer on the "net benefit" of cross-platform play

Although Matt Prior stops short of confirming it for the next game in the FIFA series.

  • Text: Mike Holmes

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Cross-platform play is once again a hot topic of conversation in certain circles, with the latest incident revolving around Fortnite players frustrated that they can't play with their account on Switch if they've already registered it on PS4. Moreover, the PS4 version of the game doesn't support cross-platform play, which has left some players disgruntled.

One series that would certainly benefit from cross-play of some description is FIFA, and as producer Matt Prior recently confirmed, it's something they're looking at over at EA Sports.

"It's something we've looked at, and it's something we often talk about," Prior told Eurogamer.

"There are a lot of issues to work through. I'm trying to be diplomatic here! There are a lot of issues to work through with various first parties. But Fortnite does that now with PC to consoles. From a consumer standpoint, it makes the community that much broader, which makes it that much more compelling."

FIFA 19

Prior's answer points to resistance from "various first parties", however, given recent developments and the apparent willingness of Microsoft and Nintendo to open their respective platforms to cross-platform play, his comments do seem very diplomatic indeed.

"I'm not making any promises," he continued. "But you've seen that [cross-platform play] happen for the first time very recently. If you'd asked me that a few years ago I'd probably have said, 'it's not going to happen. We'll monitor and see.' I think it would be a net benefit to the users. One day!"

We got our hands on FIFA 19 last week during E3, and you can read our impressions of the next game in the series by connecting with this perfectly weighted through ball. We also had our own interview with Matt Prior, and you can watch that below.