Hi-Rez has just announced a feature that gamers in their various F2P titles have wanted for years. It turns out that Paladins, SMITE and Realm Royale are all getting full cross-platform play at some point in the future. As of now, only Paladins will be getting the feature to start, whit the rest of these titles getting support for it over the next couple of months. Here’s the relevant bit from their announcement.
As of 11 September 2019 we have announced that PS4 cross-play compatibility has come to Paladins: Champions of the Realm with its most recent update “Pirate’s Treasure.” It will also come in the next major updates for SMITE: Battleground of the Gods (17 September with the “Underworld: Odyssey” update) and Realm Royale (early October).
To celebrate the launch of this new featureset, Hi-Rez dropped a very hilarious tongue-in-cheek trailer, check it out below.
The announcement page also includes all of the FAQ details you’ll need, explaining what gamers will need to do to start playing Paladins and the other games on the roster. Surprisingly, it’s not all that much.
Content within the updates will not only include full play with players on various games modes regardless of platform, but there will also be leaderboards for the titles as well. There is some finagling to be done that, as those who log into the PC playlists for the first time from the console variant will need to choose a new in-game tag.
Paladins, SMITE and Realm Royale are all incredibly popular free-to-play titles, and this move is sure to create more continued success. Hi-Rez plans to roll the feature out to all the platforms eventually although it will take time. Currently, the developer plans to add cross play for all three games to Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC, and PS4. This move comes after months and even years of Sony being rather obstructionist to the whole plan. Sony has consistently blocked attempts by other companies to push crossplay features, although they have definitely relaxed that policy as of late.
Paladins, SMITE and Realm Royale are all out now on various platforms, including Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC, and PS4.