Is The Forest Cross-platform? Here’s Everything You Need to Know Before Buying This Game in 2021!

We have once mentioned The Forest in our best games like Subnautica post. 

Since then, many of the blog’s visitor has been curious about this game, especially about:

Is The Forest cross-platform? Does The Forest have cross-play?

Well, you have come to the right place. 

Today, we will discuss about The Forest cross-platform play supports.

In short, The Forest is not a cross-platform game. The Forest does not support cross-platform play between PC and Playstation platforms.

We will talk more about this further down below, so keep on reading…

Does The Forest Have Cross-play?

The Forest was released in 2018 for Playstation 4 and Windows PC platform.

It is an open-world survival horror video game where you will be playing Eric LeBlanc, a plane crash survivor on a remote island.

 Players can build a base and decorate them, craft tools and weaponry, and traps to survive on this remote island.

Although the game looks like a single-player game, The Forest also has a multiplayer mode that is pretty enjoyable.

You can play with up to 8 other players in multiplayer mode to survive on the remote island together.

Because of this multiplayer mode, many fans of the game have asked:

Does The Forest have cross-play?

To make it short to you: No, The Forest does not have cross-platform play features. 

In other words, If you play The Forest on a Playstation 4, you cannot play multiplayer mode together with others who play on their PC.

You can only play multiplayer with those who are using the same gaming platform as you.

Although there is no official statement that we can find from the game’s developer and publisher, we are pretty sure The Forest is not cross-platform.

I have tested to host a multiplayer game on our PC version to play with my friend from a PlayStation, but he can’t seem to find the room I created.

So there you have it. It is pretty sad, especially in 2021, where more games are now supporting cross-platform play.

Let’s just hope the sequel of this game, Sons of The Forest, will have a cross-play feature enabled. 

Moving on, let us talk a bit about some FAQs about this game.

Is The Forest Cross-platform between Xbox and PS4?

It is sad to say, but no, The Forest is not cross-platform between Xbox and PS4. The reason is, The Forest is not even available on the Xbox platform.

Furthermore, The Forest does not support cross-platform play even between PC and PS4.

So even if the game is available on the Xbox, I doubt you can play together with your friends who are using their Xbox.

The good news is, Endnight Games, the developers behind this game, have confirmed in an interview that they love to bring The Forest to the Xbox consoles.

Considering The Forest already sold over 5 million copies, focusing on a few platforms is also makes sense.

Can You Play The Forest with Friends on PS4?

Yes, You can play The Forest with your friends on PS4. The Forest has a multiplayer feature that allows players to host a game or join a game.

The Forest multiplayer allows you to play with up to 8 players on PC and 4 players on PS4 due to performance issues.

Please note that The Forest is not a cross-platform game, so you have to make sure you and your friends are using the same gaming console.

For example: If you play on a PS4, your friends also have to play on their PS4.

In a multiplayer mode, you will be playing with other people and try to survive together, just like in single-player mode.

However, there are some significant differences between playing solo and playing with another person.

You can watch this excellent explanation video about everything you need to know when playing multiplayer in The Forest.

You can make your own server as a host or join a server as a client in multiplayer.

The Server host will be allowed to take complete control of its game setting, such as building destruction and tree regrowing mode.

Here are the steps if you wish to host a server so you can play with your friend: 

  1. Run The Forest game.
  2. In the main menu, choose multiplayer.
  3. Then, you can select a new game to start over from the beginning or continue your progress.
  4. After selecting, you will be directed to the server setting window.
  5. You can customize your server name, the number of players who can join, and others.
  6. When you are done customizing, select “create lobby.”
  7. Then, you can invite your friends or choose “start game.”

To join a server, simply select multiplayer on the main menu, choose to join a game. After that, you can browse the available server you can enter.

Is The Forest Cross-platform between PS4 and PS5?

Fortunately, Yes, The Forest is cross-platform between PS4 and PS5. This means people who play on PS4 can play with PS5 players too.

I have tested this myself, and the multiplayer works well.

Even though The Forest is initially released for PS4, you can purchase the game just fine using your PS5.

The Forest costs around 19,99 USD in the Playstation store.

Your save files will also be transferred to the PS5 if you previously played on your PS4.

Conclusion: So, Is The Forest Cross-platform?

To conclude everything, No, The Forest is not a cross-platform game. You cannot play the multiplayer mode with others who are using different gaming platforms from you.

In other words:

PC players cannot play The Forest together with a Playstation player, and vice versa.

Now, the developers behind The Forest have mentioned there will be a sequel to this game.

Let’s hope the sequel will have cross-platform play enabled so we can play with even more people.

In the meantime, I’d like to hear from you.

Do you enjoy playing The Forest?

In which platform are you playing this game?

Let us know by dropping a quick comment below.

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