Hunt: Showdown Crossplay Guide – How to Play with Friends

Fair warning: don't actually count on crossplay with friends...

Hunt: Showdown crossplay would be quite nice since the game all but requires a squad of friends to get the most out of its mix of PVP and PVE gameplay. It’s one tough and punishing experience — where running too fast can get you killed and dying deletes your character progression. Having a friend mitigates this issue by allowing you to revive one another mid-match. The issue, of course is that not everyone owns the same hardware. Sometimes you gotta rely on crossplay (or even just cross-save) to explore with your friends. So what’s the Hunt: Showdown crossplay situation? Let’s take a look in our cross-progression guide!

Does Hunt: Showdown Have Crossplay Support?

Hunt: Showdown is one of those rare situations where crossplay is complicated. It’s not a simple yes or no, but we’ll try to break it down. Simply put: there is no Hunt: Showdown crossplay between PC and consoles. This is likely due to the fact that Hunt: Showdown is a totally different beast on console. Similar to games like Stellaris, and Warframe when it initially launched on other platforms, the game has a staggered patch schedule. PC gets new content and features first; consoles get it later.

This does allow for one, small silver lining. There is technically crossplay between Xbox and PlayStation users, which basically constitute their own ecosystem, but even that is somewhat compromised. PlayStation and Xbox hunters can match with each other randomly. There’s no way to crossplay with friends in Hunt: Showdown specifically. For a game that requires as much communication and teamwork as Hunt: Showdown this is hardly ideal. Sadly, though, that’s the current situation.

It is theoretically possible to crossplay with friends. You would both need to set yourself to the same primary server (which the game asks you to do when booting up for the first time). Then enter random matchmaking and… pray. Given how many people either play solo or only co-op with specific groups on their chosen console, there’s a slim chance you’ll join up with the person you want. Just don’t count on it… Hopefully this is just a situation that gets resolved in a future update (at which time we’ll update this guide with more useful solutions).

Does Hunt: Showdown Have Cross-Save or Cross Progression?

This one is a little easier to answer, but still bad news. There’s no cross-save in Hunt: Showdown. Your account, character progress, and currency are all locked to whichever system you earn them on. That means PlayStation progress cannot leave your PSN account, and so on. This makes some amount of sense since there isn’t really a single-player campaign or anything in Hunt: Showdown to speak of. Your multiplayer profile and paid unlocks are pretty much all there is to transfer. Yet we’ve seen games like Destiny 2 implement at least some level of cross-progression. It’s almost certainly a technical and budgetary limitation in this case — especially given the current patch disparity.

The State of Crossplay and Cross Platform Support

Crossplay support only gets more popular with time! It’s become borderline ubiquitous in bigger games these days and odds are that will continue to become the case. Until it’s a 100 percent guarantee, though, many cross platform multiplayer games don’t fully include it. When they do, it’s often restricted to players on one console playing with those on PC (which makes Hunt: Showdown a bit of an odd exception). Microsoft and Sony seem to view the PC as neutral ground. Similarly, Nintendo doesn’t publicly seem to have qualms about crossplay and especially cross-save or cross-progression when purchasing games for its handheld device.

Microsoft in particular has extra incentive in the form of its “play anywhere policy.” Typically, if you buy a digital copy of a Microsoft first-party exclusive, you get to own it both on Xbox and PC — free of additional charge. At that point there’s really no reason not to let folks play together. Throw in services like Xbox Game Pass (which is now on PC) and things get even easier.

Sony has historically taken pretty much the opposite approach. The company was far and away the sales leader during the PlayStation 4 era. That may have incentivized it to not to play well with others — nor allow its partner studios to do so on its hardware. Sony first-party exclusives never traditionally came to PC, either. It was PlayStation or nothing. Though that’s slowly changing with the likes of Horizon: Zero Dawn, Days Gone, and even God of War. Though there’s usually a major delay between releases.

Even so, Sony has announced its crossplay solution has exited “beta” and should be freely available to all. Assuming, of course, that the developers agree to pay extra. Sony also appears to be trying more cross-platform projects as time marches on, with the purchase of Destiny 2 studio Bungie pointing in that direction.