Recently reported revenue increases in Microsoft’s gaming department can be largely attributed to Xbox’s user-friendly services like Game Pass, game sharing, and the fact that you can purchase certain titles for Xbox One and play them on PC as well, thanks to the Xbox Play Anywhere feature. Curiously, however, one of Xbox’s most highly anticipated titles, Halo Infinite, might not be so flexible.
A NeoGAF user pointed out (via GameSpot) that the page for Halo Infinite on Xbox’s website does not include an “Xbox Play Anywhere” label, whereas the page for Gears 5 (another Xbox One console exclusive) does.
Now, before you light your torches and raise your pitchforks, there could be a very reasonable explanation for this, like the fact that Halo Infinite barely exists as anything other than a trailer for developer 343 Industries’ new Slipspace engine. Gears 5, meanwhile, is already a fully fledged game with a gameplay trailer and 2019 release window. It’s quite possible that Microsoft simply doesn’t want to promise anything about Master Chief’s next adventure until it’s absolutely, 100-percent confirmed. After all, look at what happened with Crackdown 3. Microsoft execs are probably sensitive to overpromising at the moment.
One thing we do know is that Halo Infinite (probably) won’t include a battle royale mode, even though analysts predict that battle royale games will earn $20 billion in 2019 (hence the “probably”). But more crucial details, like when the game’s launching and if it’s a direct sequel to Halo 5, are still unknown. We’ll start worrying if those details begin to emerge and there still is no mention of Play Anywhere on the website.
Halo Infinite is launching for Xbox One and PC.