Nintendo has won brownie points from players recently for its avid support of cross-platform play (cross-play). In addition to supporting cross-play between the Switch version of Minecraft and other systems, it also allows cross-play between Fortnite on Switch and Xbox One. However, it seems that the company wants to ramp up its cross-play plans in future.
Speaking during the 78th Annual General Meeting of Shareholders, former Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima and senior executive officer Susumu Tanaka offered their thoughts on the ongoing cross-play debate. Although Kimishima declined to discuss Minecraft or Fortnite specifically as these are not Nintendo titles, the ex-Nintendo boss did say “our fundamental way of thinking about offering Nintendo titles on other platforms remains unchanged.”
Tanaka then elaborated on this point, saying that Nintendo is “inclined to do what we can to help publishers incorporate crossplay when that is what they want.” Tanaka noted that cross-play comes from cooperation between platform holders and the game’s publisher. “Other parties” have a say in whether it will happen or not, but Nintendo remains engaged in discussions.
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