tl;dr: Will Battleborn have cross-platform play, and if not, why not?
So Blizzard made the decision of not putting cross-platform play in Overwatch for the stupid commonly stated reason of “PC players have an advantage due to keyboard and mouse blahblah”. First of all, not all PC players use a keyboard and mouse, a number of my friends and I use controllers to play games on PC. In the Battleborn CTT on PC, I used my DS4 controller exclusively and was the top ranked player on my team in the majority of the games I played (by top ranked I mean for that match, not my overall level). Also, the fact that the UI in most PC games updates when it recognizes you’re using a controller shows and the fact that controller support is even there in the first place shows that the developers acknowledge this. Second, you can get a keyboard and mouse for consoles, so you really can’t say that “All PC players use Mouse & Keyboard, all console players use controllers”. All that being said, I really don’t see any reason for developers to keep segregating PC and console players simply on the basis of the whole “PC master race” way of thinking. If the developers are really that concerned, then they could make it a matchmaking option that players can check an “only my platform” option if they feel they’re being out-performed by players of another platform. They could also add another column to the player stats table that indicates what platform the player is on, then run reports to determine if PC players are in fact dominating the competition, and if the playerbase is complaining about it and the reports support it, then split the servers at that point.
Anyway, I didn’t see anything yet from Gearbox about whether cross-platform play will be enabled or not, I did see that PS4 players seem to be getting an extra character, so that seems to indicate that there wouldn’t be cross-platform, unless the extra character is being released as paid DLC for the other platforms sometime after launch, so I figured I’d ask and maybe get Gearbox thinking about it or reconsidering it since there’s still some time before the game is released.