Microsoft names first 12 Xbox Play Anywhere titles

Yolanda Curtis
June 21, 2016

The first batch of games confirmed for Microsoft’s Xbox Play Anywhere initiative have been named.

All of Microsoft’s big E3 first party titles are included – Crackdown 3, Gears of War 4, Forza Horizon 3, Sea of Thieves, Scalebound, Recore and Halo Wars 2. Also incoming are the E3 show-stealing We Happy Few, Cuphead, State of Decay 2 and Early Access hit Ark: Survival Evolved. Killer Instinct, which is already available on both platforms, rounds off the list.

Xbox Play Anywhere means that buying a compatible game on either Xbox One or PC grants a user the right to download a copy on the other machine. That applies to Season Passes, add-ons and DLC, too.

There are restrictions, though – it only applies to digital purchases, and only to purchases made through the Xbox Store or Windows Store, or via authorised codes from retailers.

In an interview onGiant Bomb's E3 Livestream, Spencer, the head of the Xbox brand, spoke about Microsoft's efforts in the PC market, a space now dominated by Valve's ever-present platform.

He has pointed out that, despite the Windows 10 push, Microsoft still wants to have its games on Steam and will continue to make some titles available on Valve's platform. Some of them are listed below.

As expected, "Halo 6" will indeed come to the PC, making it the first game in the popular shooter franchise to be available on the said platform.

“We have to agree that there is a good amount of games out there that have been released a few years ago on the Xbox 360 which are still worth playing today”.

In short, when it comes to PC gaming, it seems Steam is just too big a force to be ignored for Microsoft, and so we should be expecting at least more Redmond games to appear on Valve's store - although evidently not all of them.

Moreover, while the Xbox executive has admitted that some games that were published on Steam were quite successful, such as Age of Empires II HD and Ori and the Blind Forest, there were titles that didn't make sense to be released on the platform, including here Quantum Break. They're doing incredible well.

A new console generation, a new studio at the helm, and a new cast of characters, but Gears of War 4 is set to retain the same action packed third-person gameplay we've grown to love. “We rather knew this was the case, but it further cemented Microsoft and 343 Industries' position on the matter, which is admittedly a bit disappointing. They could just keep on doing that, and he wouldn't technically have said anything dishonest here”.



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