In accordance with developer Ripstone (Knytt Underground), Nintendo has given a green light for cross-platform play between the Wii U and other consoles.
Ripstone’s Creative Director and Co-Founder, Phil Gaskell, said Nintendo had no objections to its request to implement cross-play.
“We’re launching Pure Chess and Knytt Underground later this year, and on Pure Chess we asked whether we could do cross-platform multiplayer, expecting it to be the typical closed console platform I’ve been used to working with for 20 years.
“Within a couple of days they said, ‘yep, no problem. You can have other console players playing against Wii U players. You can have smartphone players play against them. No problem.’”
Gaskell said although the feature is not yet locked in for Pure Chess, he has no doubts that Sony will agree.
“We’re still talking to Sony about them relaxing their policies, but we don’t think they’ll have any issue with it. So when we launch Pure Chess you’ll be able to play against Wii U, 3DS, iOS and Android players. And when we patch PlayStation those consoles will be added into the mix as well.”
Ripstone had very positive comments about Nintendo’s approach to Indies:
“They’re changing their policies on the technical side a lot swifter.”
FYI – Nintendo has already given permission for Cubemen 2 to implement cross-play between the Wii U and and iOS, Linux, Mac and PC versions, but this seems to be the first time it has hinted at cross-play with rival consoles.
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