In an interview with Eurogamer, Ripstone creative director and co-founder Phil Gaskell said Nintendo okayed the cross-play with the developer’s title Pure Chess for multiplayer on different consoles.
The permission would allow Pure Chess players to play from the Wii U while his or her opponent plays from a smartphone, PlayStation 3 or PS Vita.
Gaskell said he expected Nintendo to be the “closed console platform” he’s been working with for the last two decades, but he was surprised when he heard back within a few days.
“Within a couple of days they said, ‘Yep, no problem. You can have other console players playing against Wii U players. You can have smartphone players play against them. No problem,’” Gaskell said.
Gaskell said he’s still got to get Sony to sign off on the cross-play, but he doesn’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.
When Pure Chess, which is already out on the PS3 and PS Vita, launches later this year for the Wii U, Gaskell expects the game to be playable with the Nintendo 3DS, iOS, Android and the two PlayStation consoles.