Hi-Rez Studios is the team behind a lot of free-to-play games like Paladins, Realm Royale, and Smite. The company has built its reputation on third-person multiplayer games and it’s quite successful at them. For example, Paladins is not pay-to-win, and you never feel like you’re at a disadvantage, even if you’re a beginner. With the advent of cross-play, Hi-Rez Studios’ titles are becoming even better. Not only does the technology Microsoft pushed for increase the player base, it also leads to better behind-the-scenes results.
Xplay improves match quality in multiplayer games. When we added crossplay between Paladins Xbox and Switch:
>> Wait time reduced 30%
>> Level spread between players down 40%
>> 40% reduction in ELO std deviation per match
>> 80% reduction in “Bad” matches (by our internal defn)
— HiRezStew (@schisam) February 8, 2019
The gaming landscape is changing rapidly because cloud-based technologies are on the rise. For example, many publishers like EA and Ubisoft are either working on their own streaming technology, or partnering with companies like Google. Microsoft seems to be leading the pack because Project xCloud will allow you to stream any Xbox One game on any device, with minimal latency. At least that’s the promise.