17.11.2019

Another Game Goes Cross-Play On Consoles/PC, But (Once Again) Not On PS4

Hi-Rez has announced that Paladins: Champions of the Realm will support cross-platform play. The update is now live in the game with the 2.02 patch.

Currently, the update does not add cross-platform play to PS4, and only implements support for cross-play on PC, Xbox One, and Switch. If you play on both PC and Xbox One, your progression will be saved across platforms as well, allowing you to jump back and forth between the two systems. There are currently no announced plans for also implementing cross-progression on Switch, but Hi-Rez did write in the update’s patch notes that support for other platforms is already ready to go if the opportunity were to suddenly arise.

If you don’t want to face off against people on other systems, there is an option to turn cross-play matchmaking off. However, Hi-Rez writes that «you will find higher quality matches more quickly with cross-play matchmaking enabled.» Patch 2.02 also takes advantage of Xbox One’s November 2018 update, and adds keyboard and mouse support for Paladins to the console.

Paladins: Champions of the Realm is a free-to-play online shooter that’s drawn comparisons to both Overwatch and Team Fortress 2 with its art style, team-focused game modes, and unique hero-based champions. Much like Fortnite, a battle royale mode—titled Battlegrounds—was added to Paladins after launch when the game type started becoming more prominent across the industry. Battlegrounds became as popular as, if not more than, the original four modes, so it was spun off into its own standalone game called Realm Royale, which is also free-to-play but still in early access.

Realm Royale follows the same basic concept as other battle royale games, with 100 players battling it out across a massive map. However, there are a number of key differences as well. Realm Royale introduces classes into the mix, allowing players to start with one of five different assortments of unique perks and abilities. For example, if you play as a Mage then you can cast spells and do damage from far away, while choosing to be an Engineer lets you create defensive barriers. In the spirit of the original Paladins, Realm Royale is also entirely team-focused, with matches always pitting four-person squads against one another without an option for free-for-all. Finally, scavenged items can be disenchanted into shards, which can be collected and brought to a forge on the map to craft legendary-level armor, weapons, and abilities.

Paladins: Champions of the Realm is available for Xbox One, PS4, PC, and Switch. Realm Royale is available for Xbox One, PS4, and PC.

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