While it was a feature touted when it originally debuted, it became increasingly clear
that The Agency
would unlikely have cross-platform play between the PS3 and PC versions. Now, it's official: the spy-themed SOE-developed MMO will definitely not have cross-platform play. The two worlds of the PS3 and PC versions will be kept separate. The reason? According to the developers, the imbalance between keyboard and mouse versus controller play.
"PC guys say, 'PS3 guys have aim assist and the controls nerfed for them'. And PS3 guys say, 'PC guys have a mouse and keyboard - it's all easier for them'. Even if it's not true," Hal Milton said. He also added, "a couple of members of our team gained a lot of experience working on Shadowrun
, and no matter how well you fine-tune it, you end up with a player-base that's polarized." [Ed's note: Shadowrun
is one of the few games that features cross-platform play between Windows and Xbox 360 systems.]