While Sony maybe okay with the fact that Valve using Steamworks as cross platfom between PC and PS3, they apparently didn’t want to commit an “open network” with Microsoft’s Xbox 360.
And that’s according to the CEO of Jagex, the company who brought you Runescape, the immensely popular free-to-play MMO.
Speaking at the latest Edinburgh Interactive conference as reported by Develop, Mark Gerhard said each of Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo reject the idea of Runescape players playing together across rival platforms.
He also has claimed that “some” platform holders asked Jagex to charge Runescape for five Euros, in which something he called “crazy”.
“Some console owners wanted us to charge five Euros for Runescape. What? It would be crazy to charge for Runescape on consoles,” he began.
“People get this for free. You’re shooting yourself in the foot. But Sony was ahead of the game, they said they get it. They understand free.
“But all three said, ‘okay, but, we won’t let our console play online with any other’”.
Despite that, he is pretty adamant that the environment soon will change.
“I think they [Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo] will open up their platforms a bit more, liberate them a bit more. It’s just a matter of time,” he said.