Arkane claims that The Crossing will be the first game to feature “CrossPlayer” gameplay, which to be honest isn’t too difficult when you’ve made the term up yourself. But what first seemed like a marketing gimmick is quickly becoming something a little more interesting.
If Arkane is to be believed, The Crossing will feature some of the most innovative ideas in online gaming we’ve ever come across. Not, as we first suspected, something to do with people getting very angry, CrossPlay in fact allows real human players to take the place of AI enemies in a single-player-style story mode. These cannon fodder enemies, when not playing a role in somebody else’s story, play regular deathmatches between themselves, just waiting for the chance to attack a passing story-mode player.
Sound like a bizarre, high-concept gameplay theory? Perhaps so. Either way, The Crossing ’s going to have a hard time proving itself to skeptics. Luckily for the game, it’s a very pretty theory…