I don’t believe them.
Paragon, the brand new MOBA coming from Epic Games for the PC and PlayStation 4 (as a matter of fact, you can already play the alpha for the game on the PC; a PS4 alpha is anticipated to be coming soon, too), is looking to be a fairly interesting game. MOBAs are of course a hot genre these days, and Paragon will be the first major one on the PlayStation 4. WCCFTech reached out to the folks at Epic to discuss the game a bit- and also to discuss what putting it on the PS4 implied, in terms of cross platform play, and the effectiveness of console players against PC ones.
“We’re excited to support crossplay, because it’s going to grow the pool of potential players at any given time, and that’ll help us foster and grow an active community. We’ll have more details on how that’ll work soon; we’re still working through the specifics,”Creative Director Steve Superville said.
But won’t crossplay be unfair on console players? Since they are only using a controller, while PC players get the infinitely more versatile keyboard and mouse configuration? According to Epic, no- not least because the game supports a keyboard and mouse, even on the PS4, but also because the controller setup, they promise, will be every bit as viable as the keyboard/mouse.
“The pace of Paragon is not frantic like a typical third-person action shooter, and that’s intentional. We want to give players room to think strategically, to be careful about how they play, and to understand the action as it happens. In Paragon, it’s not entirely about twitch-based controls or that no-scope sniper headshot, so that levels the field a bit to start. And of course, the goal is to tune the controls in such a way that you should see no discernable difference — a skilled player on a controller will be able to hold her own against a skilled player using a keyboard/mouse. Some of our top players internally are using controllers against others who are using keyboard/mouse.”
MOBA fans are doubtless excited for Paragon. Let’s hope Epic does not disappoint them.