Nintendo Swap has been having a fantastic few months – particularly for its free-to-play gamers. Nintendo introduced throughout E3 2018 that Epic Video games could be bringing Fortnite to the console and Digital Extremes introduced not too long ago that it could do the identical for its hit third-person shooter, Warframe.
The distinction between the video games – properly, outdoors of the plain variations in plot and gameplay – is that the previous is offered for crossplay whereas the latter isn’t … a minimum of not but.
“Since saying Warframe coming to the Swap, we have obtained an unbelievable quantity of optimistic reception from each our neighborhood and Nintendo gamers,” says Digital Extremes Studio Supervisor Sheldon Carter in an e-mail to TechRadar. “We’re exploring all choices for folks to play on and with the Nintendo Swap.”
Whereas a PR consultant at Digital Extremes couldn’t inform us when, precisely, that crossplay performance may occur, they did guarantee us that it was at the moment beneath investigation and stated it is one thing the corporate wish to do.
If it occurs, Warframe would be part of the likes of Minecraft which not too long ago introduced crossplay for its Xbox One and Nintendo Swap gamers.
However crossplay is simply one of many issues a developer faces when launching a success free-to-play sport on a brand new platform. The opposite is permitting gamers to make use of one account to login to a number of consoles – a function that the gaming neighborhood is dubbing cross-progression. With out it, gamers may face a troublesome choice of which platform to play on.
We reached out for clarification on this level and it feels like, sadly, the way in which issues are actually, weapons and progress received’t switch in between platforms.
Whereas Digital Extremes would not have extra to say on cross-progression proper now, it has plans to make the transition to the Swap simpler for its core gamers: “Beforehand, after we’ve launched on different consoles, we’ve supported 1-time account migrations so that will be our beginning objectives for Swap as properly,” Carter stated.
There’s nonetheless a risk that this may change earlier than the sport releases in some unspecified time in the future down the highway, nevertheless, so not all hope is misplaced.