It appears that the upcoming video game Halo Infinite may not support the Xbox Play Anywhere scheme. A fan of the franchise pointed out a lack of Play Anywhere labeling on the game’s official Xbox page. Microsoft announced Xbox’s Play Anywhere scheme during E3 back in 2016, and they’ve since been largely promoting it for players all over the globe. The initiative allows gamers to play Xbox Play Anywhere digital titles on both their consoles as well as their Windows computer. As long as users purchase an eligible game on their Xbox, they also then receive a free copy that can be played on a PC.
The scheme also makes it possible for players to continue their progress between platforms - meaning they can pick up exactly where they left off. Many Microsoft fans and Xbox fanatics were excited to hear the introduction of Xbox Play Anywhere as it allowed them to see the return of many familiar games to PC. With the news of the latest upcoming Halo title, gamers expected that they would be able to once again enjoy playing Halo on a PC platform, which would be for the first time since the release of Halo 2.
However, it seems that this may not be the case after all. NeoGAF user DynamiteCop! pointed out that there is no mention of Play Anywhere compatibility showcased on the game’s official Xbox page. As the user states, the Xbox.com page for the upcoming release does not list Xbox Play Anywhere support, which is making fans question just what the game has in store. While the page does indeed confirm that Halo Infinite will be released for both Xbox One and PC, there is no mention that the game will offer compatibility between the two platforms. More Halo fans and Xbox games are giving pause to the thought as previous games, such as Gears Of War 5, were clearly labelled to be inclusive of Xbox Play Anywhere. DynamiteCop! went onto speculate that the lack of mention of the Play Anywhere scheme could indicate that the game is being designed for the next generation Xbox console.
Halo Infinite was officially announced during this year’s E3 conference and is set to be the latest continuation of the esteemed Halo franchise. Developed by Bungie and debuting in 2001, the Halo games focus on a science fiction, first-person shooter narrative that centers on a war between humanity and an alien species. The franchise has been incredibly successful both critically and commercially - so much so that there were book adaptations and a live-action Halo TV show is in the works. Therefore, fans were eager to hear about the latest upcoming addition.
Halo Infinite is said to once again follow the story of Master-Chief after the franchise somewhat pushed the character away in Halo 5. Developed by 343 Industries, the game has been described as an “entirely new chapter” in the saga.
It’s not clear whether Microsoft have definitely ruled out the game’s compatibility for Play Anywhere, and it’s safe to assume that nothing will be confirmed any time soon due to the game still being so early on in development. Microsoft may still be undergoing discussions regarding the matter or keeping it under wraps for a future reveal as they haven’t even released footage of the game itself yet. Either way, Halo is still a beloved franchise throughout the Xbox fanbase and it’s expected that Halo Infinite will quickly receive a largely positive response.