Microsoft Backtracks on Play Anywhere for All Games Statement

By Kevin Tavore, 5 months ago
About a week ago we brought some good news: all future Microsoft-published titles would be a part of the Play Anywhere program. The source was a Windows 10 blog post by Microsoft executive Yusuf Mehdi.

Just a few of the confirmed Play Anywhere titles.Just a few of the confirmed Play Anywhere titles.

Well, it turns out those words might not have been entirely true. The blog post has now been updated to contain new wording in the troublesome paragraph, with emphasis added by ourselves:

With the Xbox Play Anywhere program, you can buy a game once and play on your Windows 10 PC and Xbox One with shared progress, shared game saves and shared achievements. Every new title published from Microsoft Studios that we showed onstage at E3 this year will support Xbox Play Anywhere and will be easily accessible in the Windows Store.
So now it's only the titles that they showed onstage at E3 that are published by Microsoft. Now before we jump to conclusions, it could be that Microsoft fully intends to put all of their games in the Play Anywhere program and they just don't want to make a promise that could come back to bite them many years from now. On the other hand, it could mean that only certain titles will be getting the treatment in the future. It could also mean that Microsoft simply has some PC-exclusive games in the pipeline (Age of Empires?) that won't make it to Xbox.

For now, it sounds like we're back to square one and only have the announced titles as sure things in the Play Anywhere program.
Kevin Tavore
Written by Kevin Tavore
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