In a year where everyone around the world has had to stay apart, multiplayer video games have been an indispensable tool to keep people together. While modern communication methods like Discord and Zoom are great ways to talk to friends, loved ones, and co-workers, the magic of video games provides a different level of much-needed fun and interactivity.
Up until recently, wide-sweeping crossplay was a fever dream for gamers. Even multiplayer games that were available on both the respective Xbox and PlayStation console families were generally isolated to their respective ecosystems and networks. However, this had begun to change.
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Recent years have been far more generous in regards to allowing crossplay, however, as Microsoft, Sony, and even Nintendo have taken massive strides in allowing gamers to play among other console families. Here are the best crossplay games that have come out in 2020.
Best Crossplay Game of 2020: Call of Duty: Warzone
Though technically an extension of 2019’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s multiplayer, Call of Duty: Warzone essentially operates as a standalone game, and it also has connections with this year’s Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. Warzone isn’t Call of Duty’s first foray into battle royale, with 2018’s Black Ops 4’s Blackout game mode setting the initial groundwork, but it has several important differences and is entirely free-to-play.
Featuring the iconic first-person shooter gameplay that put the series on the map, Warzone adopts many unique features that sets it apart from other examples in the highly-saturated battle royale genre. For instance, Warzone’s currency system allows players to purchase classic killstreak-type rewards, revives, and equipment, and its Gulag mechanic provides players with the chance to revive upon death. Call of Duty: Warzone can be played on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and PC.
Best Crossplay Game of 2020: Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
For those looking for a more traditional Call of Duty experience, there’s Black Ops Cold War. Bringing back the storyline (notably absent from Black Ops 4) that was started all the way back in 2008 with Call of Duty: World at War, Cold War fleshes out the Cold War-era plot introduced in Black Ops and Black Ops II.
The game also features the return of Zombies, a series mainstay absent from 2019’s Modern Warfare, as well as the series’ archetypal multiplayer with some new twists and game modes. Black Ops Cold War is available on the same consoles as Warzone – PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and PC.
Best Crossplay Game of 2020: Rogue Company
From Smite, Realm Royale, and Paladins developer Hi-Rez Studios, Rogue Company is a tactical third-person hero shooter that takes major cues from games like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Valorant, and Overwatch. Featuring six classes that are comprised of 16 heroes with a range of unique abilities and quirks, players compete to accomplish various tasks and missions among the game’s three game modes.
Players can play among each other on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Switch, and PC, though parties with any PC players will only be matched up with other PC players.
Best Crossplay Game of 2020: Star Wars: Squadrons
Part spaceflight simulator, part hardcore Star Wars fan’s ultimate dream, EA’s Star Wars: Squadrons is about as immersive of a Star Wars experience as can be imagined. Set after the events of Return of the Jedi, Squadrons lets players have intense dogfights in classic Star Wars ships.
The game also offers VR and HOTAS support. While Squadrons features a campaign, the main attractions are its two multiplayer modes which allow players on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and PC to duke it out among the stars.
Best Crossplay Game of 2020: Genshin Impact
Comparable in many ways to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild gameplay-wise, Genshin Impact is a free-to-play open-world RPG from developer miHiYo. Players explore a large fantasy world replete with countless weapons, enemies, and god-like bosses.
With its anime-like aesthetics and action JRPG gameplay, it’s a unique fixture on this list as it’s a story-based role-playing game. Still, Genshin Impact features region-locked four-player co-op gameplay that can be played between PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, PC, and mobile devices.
Best Crossplay Game of 2020: Minecraft Dungeons
Drawing clear inspiration from the likes of Diablo, Mojang’s Minecraft Dungeons is an isometric hack-and-slash dungeon crawler, serving as a creative departure from the series’ sandbox building roots. Unlike other similar games, Minecraft Dungeons features no class system, allowing players to use any weapons and gear that they find.
Featuring procedurally generated dungeons, players can explore, loot, and fight with one another on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Switch, and PC.
Best Crossplay Game of 2020: Spellbreak
Developer Proletariat’s Spellbreak may seem like just another free-to-play battle royale game among countless others in 2020, but it brings some interesting and unique twists. Rather than fighting with guns, players in Spellbreak engage in combat with spells and abilities in a fantasy environment.
Still, the basic elements of modern battle royale games remain – hectic combat, plenty of loot, and a constantly shrinking map. Spellbreak also has a battle pass system, providing players with the ability to unlock rewards like experience boosts and cosmetics. Players can fling spells at one another on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Switch, and PC.
Best Crossplay Game of 2020 Honorable Mention: Among Us
Though technically released in 2018, Among Us was met with very little attention until 2020 upon which it took the world by storm. In a world where people are forced to keep their distance from one another, Among Us managed to be hugely impactful, entering just about every facet of culture, including winning Best Multiplayer and Best Mobile Game at the 2020 Game Awards.
Among Us is a social deduction game in which players attempt to deduce who among them is an Impostor looking to sabotage and kill the other Crewmates aboard their spaceship, similar to the likes of Mafia or Werewolf. Among Us is available on Switch, PC, and mobile devices, with Xbox One and Xbox Series X versions set to come out in 2021.
Crossplay gaming is finally breaking out in the way players have long-wanted it to, and it couldn’t have happened at a more apt time. The console wars will continue to rage as they always have, but allowing an Xbox player to play with their PlayStation-owning friend across the country is certainly a bright spot in an otherwise difficult year.
Author: Dimitri Gedevanishvili
Dimitri is a freelance video game writer for Screen Rant. He is a lover of movies and video games and an even bigger lover of writing about them. In addition to writing, he is a video producer and Partnered Twitch streamer. Growing up in the Seattle area, he attended Washington State University and enjoys watching the Seahawks and the Sounders (usually) win.
Update for Capcom Fighting Collection with More Features Available Now
Capcom Fighting Collection launched back in June and brought 10 classic fighting game titles to the modern era. We’ve heard your feedback regarding the collection and are publishing an update featuring a slew of changes to Capcom Fighting Collection!
As a quick recap, Capcom Fighting Collection contains all five games in the Darkstalkers series, Red Earth, Cyberbots, Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo, Hyper Street Fighter II: The Anniversary Edition, and Super Gem Fighter Mini Mix. Some of the major features at launch were the ability to play online for all games, Training Mode for nine of the games, the ability to quick save, display filters, an expansive museum featuring over 500 pieces of art, and much more.
Now that we’re all caught up, let’s go over a few highlights of this update that the trailer showcased above.
Color Blind Accessibility Option (Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo)
Due to community feedback, there are now new gem options you can select to more easily tell which gems are on screen. We hope this new accessibility option can help more people play Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo.
For players who want to understand these classic fighting games in more detail, this feature will allow them to be more precise with their training. (Note: This feature isn’t available for Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo.)
New Smooth Filter
A new filter will be added that smooths out the pixels and results in a more modern look for each of the games in the collection. Try it out when the update drops!
Dark Force in Training Mode (Vampire Savior: The Lord of Vampire, Vampire Savior 2, Vampire Hunter 2)
Dark Force is a mechanic in the Darkstalkers games that highlights each character’s uniqueness. Examples include Morrigan’s Darkness Illusion or Felicia’s Kitty Helper. With this update, players can now access Dark Force in Training Mode without any time limit.
Online Opponents Latency Now Viewable
Searching for the perfect match with the best connection? You can now view a potential opponent’s latency to see if the match will be smooth.
Online Play Input Delay Setting
To further improve the quality of your matches, there is now a setting to adjust input delay before a match begins.
Here are a few patch notes for this update that will improve your overall experience with Capcom Fighting Collection, whether that is through more gameplay options, accessibility, or quality of life improvements.
- Super Gem Fighter Mini Mix – In Training Mode, you can select the gem levels
- Red Earth – Can now select bonus stages
- Red Earth – Additional Training Mode options for player level
- Ability to cancel when players are waiting to be matched up
- Players who don’t decide to rematch will immediately cancel
- Improved clarity on photosensitivity options
- Parameters for matchmaking are adjusted. Settings are now more flexible and matchmaking is easier
- Number of rematches can now reach 10
- Players can shuffle images within the Museum
- Various text and graphical updates
As you can see, the team has worked hard to update Capcom Fighting Collection, so we hope you enjoy it! This update is now available for Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S.
Capcom Fighting Collection
CAPCOM CO., LTD.
Ten of Capcom’s most popular arcade games in one epic collection!
A wide variety of titles are included from iconic series such as Street Fighter and Darkstalkers, Cyberbots, and the first home console port of Red Earth! And of course, all titles support online play! This is the perfect collection for both arcade veterans who remember the titles, and those who want to get into them for the first time!
■ Fully-featured online modes
Players can aim to top the global leaderboards in ranked matches, or create a lobby with friends for casual games or just spectate some exciting matches.
Supported with a robust Rollback netcode which offers a stable and smooth online experience.
■ First-timers welcome
Beginner-friendly features such as training mode and one-button special move control options are included. You can also save and load any time for a quick do-over!
■ Additional content: The Museum
This archive features more than 500 illustrations and development materials across the 10 included titles. It also includes concept art that has never been shown to the public before, and behind-the-scenes materials that give a glimpse into the development process. Not only that, you can listen to over 400 music tracks recorded from the arcade versions of each title.
Included game titles (Japanese and English versions selectable for most titles *1)
Darkstalkers: The Night Warriors
Night Warriors: Darkstalkers’ Revenge
Vampire Savior: The Lord of Vampire
Vampire Hunter 2: Darkstalkers’ Revenge
Vampire Savior 2: The Lord of Vampire
Hyper Street Fighter II: The Anniversary Edition
Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo
Super Gem Fighter Mini Mix
Cyberbots: Full Metal Madness
(*1 Vampire Hunter 2: Darkstalkers’ Revenge and Vampire Savior 2: The Lord of Vampire are Japanese versions only)
Early purchasers will get the following bonus content. Enjoy additional original content created by some great artists!
Museum Bonus Content
Each will be downloaded to the in-game “Museum”.
5 exclusive new illustrations by:
18 remixed music tracks by:
CAP-JAMS (8 tracks)
Knxwledge (6 tracks)
Mndsgn (1 track)
KEIZOmachine! (1 track)
Olive Oil (1 track)
Matt Cab (1 track)
Capcom Arcade 2nd Stadium: Three Wonders
As a bonus title, get Three Wonders for the second Capcom Arcade Stadium title, featuring a recreated arcade full of authentic cabinets to play. Coming soon with a new lineup of masterpieces!
*It is required to download “Capcom Arcade 2nd Stadium” (free download) in order to access Capcom Arcade 2nd Stadium: Three Wonders.
*Players can get this bonus content if they purchase before September 30, 2022 23:59 PT.
Capcom Arcade 2nd Stadium rated TEEN with Blood and Gore, Mild Language, Partial Nudity, Suggestive Themes, Use of Tobacco, Violence / In-Game Purchases
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