Gearbox was ordered to remove cross-play on PlayStation platforms.
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Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford did a little round of "good news, bad news" today on Twitter. The good news, Pitchford says, is that an update is coming to Borderlands 3 that enables full cross-play support across all platforms! The bad news is that apparently Gearbox was ordered, by way of their "publisher" that they had to remove cross-play support from the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 versions of the game.

The publisher on Borderlands 3 is none other than 2K. It's not exactly clear if Pitchford means that 2K or Sony nixed this cross-play idea on PlayStation. It could very well end up being that 2K didn't want to pay the Sony tax to simply enable cross-play.

Ahead of this full cross-play update, Borderlands 3 already supports cross-generational play on consoles. That means Xbox One and Series X}S can play together nicely just as PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 can play together.

As of right now, it's not clear if Gearbox will go ahead with the PlayStation excluded cross-play update or not. Pitchford didn't really give any more details on that one.