Call of Duty: Modern Warfare developer Infinity Ward has explained how the game handles cross-platform support.
Cross-play is one of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s biggest features, but fans had many lingering questions ever since the feature was first announced back in May.
At the Modern Warfare multiplayer reveal event this week, however, Infinity Ward came prepared. The developer explained that the game will decide lobbies based on the input method used, not the platform. In other words, controller players on PC will be matched with controller players on consoles.
This also means that those who prefer to use mouse and keyboard on consoles will be matched with PC players using mouse and keyboard. Designer director Joe Cecot told Dual Shockers that it’s entirely based on peripheral.
“We’re going to be matchmaking by peripheral, so if you’re a keyboard player you’re going to play with other keyboard players,” explained Cecot.
“But, if you’re a console player and you’re playing on a gamepad you can actually opt in… We also don’t let you change your controller or peripheral mid-match, so once you’ve chosen it, it’s locked in.”
Being able to opt in on console is great because it means players on PC will be able to partner up with their controller friends on consoles, assuming they’re fine with having other mouse and keyboard players in their lobbies.
Those who attended this week’s event report a smooth cross-platform experience across PC and consoles, which is good to hear. And, all of us will be able to test it out when the open beta rolls around next month.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is out October 25 on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.