Nintendo has confirmed reports that the platform holder would allow for the Wii U to cross-play with consoles from other hardware manufacturers, like Sony or Microsoft, and that a variety of games could be announced soon, according to a report today from VG 24/7.
“We can confirm that cross-platform functionality is possible in certain titles that play on Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, as well as other video game systems not made by Nintendo,” Nintendo said in a statement. “We are committed to helping developers realize the full potential of their software on Nintendo systems.”
The report comes a week after Knytt Underground developer Ripstone said that Nintendo had given them the OK to develop games for cross-play with the Wii U.
Ripstone co-founder and creative director Phil Gaskell said Nintendo gave them the green light to allow the developer’s title Pure Chess to utilize its multiplayer on different consoles.
Sony would still need to agree on the cross-play, but Gaskell said he didn’t anticipate any problems.
“We’re still talking to Sony about them relaxing their policies, but we don’t think they’ll have any issue with it,” Gaskell said.
The games already confirmed for cross-play by Nintendo include Pure Chess, Disney Infinity, and Cubeman 2.
Pure Chess launches later this year for the Wii U and is already out on the PS3 and PS Vita.