Despite the recent trend of allowing PC and console owners to play together in multiplayer games – including Street Fighter V – Tekken 7 will apparently not support such an option. Why is that? According to a tweet by Katsuhiro Harada posted over the weekend, it’s not about technical issues, but the PC players’ bad reputation among the console community. Here is an English translation of that post by an Avoiding the Puddle editor:
It's not a matter of the technology for getting the PS4/XB1/PC players to match up against each other being the issue, but rather first party company policies and potential security risks alongside the community perceived reputation of PC gamers being cheaters that is hindering the decision to allow cross platform play.
That obviously didn’t sit well with PC players, who quickly flooded the developer with negative comments. To clarify, Harada doesn’t personally think all PC players are cheaters (he is a PC gamer himself), but he is afraid that many console fans believe this is the case. The final decision about whether to include cross-play between PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, is yet to be made, so it is possible that Namco will reconsider the idea before the game appears in 2017. As for now, however, the studio is not eager to take the risk of putting off the biased part of console players. And while generalizing is always bad, let’s be honest: the problem of cheating has been plaguing the PC community for years.