Can you play Elden Ring crossplay in multiplayer yet and what is the cross-platform situation? We summarize everything you need to know on this topic here.
Elden Ring crossplay is a surprisingly complex topic. Well, maybe it's not that surprising, it's Elden Ring after all. Just like the old Soulsborne games, Elden Ring also has a number of cool multiplayer features. And just like in the spiritual predecessors, these are not so easy to find and use in Elden Ring. Elden Ring is a huge success, it even became Game of The Year at the Game Awards and many players surely want to game with their buddies. But can you even do that if you're not on the same platform?
Crossplay is becoming more and more common, many big games have this feature nowadays. But does Elden Ring also have crossplay? Can you explore The Lands Between together with a PC buddy, while you are rocking the PS4? We have the answer here, so let's take a look!
Elden Ring Crossplay: No Support In Sight
Unfortunately, Elden Ring does currently not support crossplay (at least not in the classical understanding; you can play together on different console generations, more on that further below). That is a real shame because we love the multiplayer, and we love playing this amazing game with our friends. Sure, Elden Ring is primarily a single player game, and that is how you should experience most of the game. But it can get lonely out there, you know? Having a friend by your side is not just super fun, it can also make some of the toughbosses like Malenia a lot easier.
It's unlikely that From Software will integrate crossplay later, since the company hasn't said anything about it at all. But we don't know yet, so they might surprise us in the future! I personally wouldn't hold out hope on it, since the Dark Souls games, as well as Bloodborne, never had crossplay features implemented in the games, not even in post-launch patches. But Elden Ring is already the most successful game in the company's history, so maybe they will go back to this later and add crossplay later down the line with a patch!
But for the moment: No, if you're on PlayStation you can't play with your friends on Xbox or PC and vice versa. However, Elden Ring does support Cross-Gen play. We'll show you what that means.
Cross-Gen Play Explained
Cross-Gen is a special form of crossplay, limited to a certain console series. It means that you can play with other players who have the same family of consoles, so Xbox One can play with Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 4 can play with PlayStation 5. And yes, that works in Elden Ring. So you are not totally alone when playing Elden Ring, you at least have some options. Unless you're on PC... sorry folks, the whole PC-Masterrace thing is once again being undermined.
Damn console players... anyway, it doesn't really matter. Especially since PC sales have been crazy high, so you will find plenty of people on there. And hey, most of your friends probably got a good enough PC nowadays anyway, so play together on there! It will be alright!
While it's unfortunately not full crossplay in Elden Ring, you are at least not completely shackled to the player base of your console. That is at least something, right? Something is always better than nothing!
How Multiplayer Works In Elden Ring
Elden Ring multiplayer works similarly to the Dark Souls games, meaning that players can be summoned by other players through signs that they leave in-game. Players can also invade each other games for some PvP action.
The big difference to the Dark Souls games is, that you don't need any prerequisite in order to play multiplayer. Meaning that yes, you still need to use consumables, but they can be easily crafted in Elden Ring. You don't Humanity or Embers anymore, like you did in Dark Souls 1 or 3 respectively.
That's a great change which makes multiplayer more accessible and easier to use. It's even more of a shame that Elden Ring doesn't support crossplay and that our possibilities and the potential player base are limited that way.
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