Nintendo fully embraces cross-play in new Minecraft trailer – Sony should take notes

Nintendo is turning heads with its latest trailer for the Minecraft ‘Better Together’ update. Here are my thoughts on the matter along with its correlation to Sony’s Fortnite drama. (full news story below)

“Create Together. Explore Together. Survive Together. Better Together.”

In the midsts of the war between what seems like everyone vs. Sony, Nintendo shows off its romance with Microsoft and Xbox in the latest trailer for Minecraft’sBetter Together” update. Nintendo has been making leaps toward being a more openminded company ever since the Switch launched in March of last year. We’ve known about the Better Together update for quite some time now, but I didn’t expect Nintendo to roll out the marketing in such an awesome fashion. You can check out the trailer below!

Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition was developed by 4J Studios and Mojang. It was announced on January 13, 2017, and hit the Nintendo eShop for $29.99 on May 11, 2017. Then, on June 21, 2018, the full release (or the ‘Bedrock Edition’) made its way to Nintendo’s hybrid console.

This really gets me wondering what type of partnerships this could potentially lead to. Keep in mind, even though Microsoft owns the Minecraft intellectual property, it doesn’t mean Nintendo is being backed into a corner forced to cooperate with Microsoft on this. As you know, Sony refuses to have any type of network connection with Microsoft’s or Nintendo’s games. More on that in a second — more importantly, could this Microsoft and Nintendo bromance potentially lead to Microsoft IP being featured in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate? While the chances are slim (mainly because there has never been an American-developed character in Super Smash Bros.), at this point, I wouldn’t put it past Nintendo and Microsoft to blow some minds.

Lastly, as I went over in my video above at the start of this article, the Minecraft – Better Together trailer hit the web at the perfect time considering how much backlash Sony has been getting for refusing to allow cross-network play and cross-network progression in the wildly success Battle Royale mode of Fortnite. Hopefully, this will nudge Sony in the right direction on this matter. If you didn’t know, Sony recently defended its decision to block cross-play between PS4 and Xbox One after coming under fire from gamers last week. A quote follows:

”We’re always open to hearing what the PlayStation community is interested in to enhance their gaming experience. Fortnite is already a huge hit with PS4 fans, offering a true free-to-play experience so gamers can jump in and play online. With 79 million PS4s sold around the world and more than 80 million monthly active users on PlayStation Network, we’ve built a huge community of gamers who can play together on Fortnite and all online titles. We also offer Fortnite cross-play support with PC, Mac, iOS, and Android devices, expanding the opportunity for Fortnite fans on PS4 to play with even more gamers on other platforms.”

Sony’s response didn’t even acknowledge the main issue most gamers have with Fortnite on PlayStation 4, the lack of cross-progression. If the internet doesn’t quiet down any time soon I can imagine a future of Sony caving in and allowing cross-play or cross-progression with only Fortnite specifically, considering how popular it is.

Does the Minecraft – Better Together trailer get you super excited for the future of these two companies? How do you feel about Sony’s unwillingness to appease its audience? Leave all your thoughts in the comments section below!

Brett Medlock
Brett Medlock is Nintendo Enthusiast's Editor-in-chief. He’s obsessed with action-adventure games, platinum trophies, and K-pop. To hear more about how lame he is, follow him on Twitter @brettnll