With the recent news that Smite will arrive on Switch next year, developer / editor Hi-Rez Studios is doubling the possibility of players playing their games anywhere by announcing that the multiplatform game and the progression will reach Paladins, Realm Royale and Smite.
Realm Royale, which has not yet been launched completely, will have it from the beginning. Meanwhile, Paladins and Smite will receive an update that will enable the feature in January "mid to late." When this happens, there will be a 24-hour downtime, but after that, voice chat, leaderboards and games will be supported on Xbox One, Switch, PC and Mac. "We are technically prepared to support cross-play in others platforms as the opportunity arises, "says the company in its Frequently Asked Questions for the feature, citing that while Sony announced cross play for some titles, Hi-Rez still can't implement it. The version for PS4.
As for the way players will be matched: "By default, casual pairing will find the best matches for players regardless of the platform or the method of entry," says the company in its Frequently Asked Questions for the feature. "Smite and Paladins ranked the game strictly divided by the method of entry. Players will only play against other players using the same method of entry into the classification. Realm Royale players will always be placed in the construction of cross platform games." .
Players can also link their platform accounts to their Hi-Rez account and synchronize their progress on consoles. However, platform specific masks will not be available outside those platforms, and it is possible that some suits are only available on the platform on which they were purchased. And if you already have multiple accounts with different advances and skins? "When cross-progress is enabled, we will merge the content of your property into the platform accounts linked to your Hi-Rez account, in accordance with the platform provider's policies," says the company, although no refunds will be granted for duplicate skin purchases.
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It may not be realistic (each game has its own technology and complex problems), but that is exactly how every modern multiplayer game should handle being on multiple consoles. I have three copies of Overwatch on separate platforms and I have leveled a total of five Destiny 2 characters on PS4 and PC, and I can only dream of merging the entire button that I have collected into an account that I can play anywhere. As Sony continues to eliminate its cross-game wall, I can only expect multiplayer games to adopt this level of cross-platform compatibility such as the standard rather than the exception.