I believe it’s to do with all our ranked data being stored on Microsoft servers and tied to our Xbox accounts. I suppose they could have worked around this by wiping all the stats and leaderboards but that wouldn’t go down to well with players who have prided themselves on their leaderboard status.
Ideally if the steam version asked us to sign into our Microsoft accounts upon booting up then that would fix everything. Just like minecraft on switch. I can’t imagine that going down well with the steam community either though and I’m not sure about the logistics of publishing on that platform.
Either way yeah, not having ranked crossplay is a huge crutch. There is zero reason for me to play on steam. If the mod scene took off then maybe but as it stands I’ll stick to Xbox/win10.