They need more time though before they can lay out concrete details
Now that essentially all new fighting games will be using rollback netcode from now on, the next logical step in evolution would be to implement cross-platform play between system to link all players together, but the feature is still only slowly gaining steam.
Arc System Works have spoken in the past on wanting to make PlayStation to PC crossplay a reality for Guilty Gear Strive, and they may be a bit farther ahead on that endeavor than we probably expected.
In the recent interview with Comunidad Arc System Works, project director Akira Katano and producer Takeshi Yamanaka revealed they are going through the verification process to add crossplay beyond PlayStation 4 to PlayStation 5.
“Of course, we are always striving to accomplish this, and we are going through the verification processes for it,” wrote the ArcSys devs. “But there are still many practical issues like schedules and the running costs of matching servers. It will take a little more time before we can make a concrete announcement.”
“We are always striving to accomplish this, and we are going through the verification processes for it. But there are still many practical issues like schedules and the running costs of matching servers.”
Unfortunately, the team members do not expound upon what they mean by verification processes, which could refer to a handful of different steps in development.
The wording could mean that they’re currently in talks with both Sony and Valve to make sure that their planned crossplay implementation follows all of their rules.
Another potential option is that ArcSys is working on making sure Strive’s three different versions can all perform the proper handshakes needed in order to make them connect to each other.
That last part of their statement though does sound pretty encouraging that they’ll be able to pull crossplay off if they’re saying plans for public announcement are already being discussed.
Crossplay may have potentially been in the cards originally for Strive’s initial launch, but ArcSys previously revealed they were forced to cut a number of features and modes due to the added development stresses brought on from COVID-19.
They did follow that up, however, by saying the dev team is planning on adding much of the cut content back into Guilty Gear through future updates, so the game will hopefully only get better over time.