Microsoft “apologise for any confusion” caused by the change to their Play Anywhere statement

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Update Jul 8, 2016: Microsoft have supplied comment to PCGN about the change of wording on their Play Anywhere blog. 

We reached out to Microsoft and asked why they changed their statement from “every new title published from Microsoft Studios” using Xbox Play Anywhere to “every new title published from Microsoft Studios that we showed onstage at E3”. According to Microsoft, the initial version was a mistake.  

Keep an eye on our PC videogame release schedule for Microsoft games.

“When we unveiled Xbox Play Anywhere, we said that every new Microsoft Studios title shown at the Xbox E3 2016 Briefing will support Xbox Play Anywhere,” a Microsoft spokesperson tells us. “We understand that a recent blog post didn’t specify that the only Microsoft Studios titles we’ve confirmed to date as Xbox Play Anywhere were shown at the E3 2016 Xbox briefing.

“We’ve updated the blog post and apologise for any confusion.”

For a list of Xbox Play Anywhere games confirmed so far, check out that link.

Update Jul 7, 2016:Microsoft have changed the wording of their Play Anywhere announcement to say that it is only the games we saw at E3 that are coming to the service.

Well, that didn’t last long. Microsoft have changed the statement in their announcement that Play Anywhere would apply to all future Xbox games – it will now only apply to the games shown at E3.

Spotted by YouTuber THE RED DRAGON, the change can be seen between the old versionand new versionof the post, as pointed out by VideoGamer News Editor David Scammell on Twitter. It still means games like Gears of War 4 and Forza are coming to PC, as they were shown, but leaves the future in mystery.

It might be simply a legal change, where Microsoft can’t guarantee that everything they do for the rest of time will come to Play Anywhere, or it could be an indication that big upcoming games – the next Halo, for example – won’t come to PC. We’ve contacted Microsoft for comment.

Original story Jul 5, 2016:Microsoft have revealed that all games they publish in the future will now be part of the Xbox Play Anywhere program, meaning you get two copies for the price of one.

On the Windows Blog, via VideoGamer, corporate vice president Yusuf Mehdi writes, “every new title published from Microsoft Studios will support Xbox Play Anywhere and will be easily accessible in the Windows Store.”

This means we’re definitely getting the next Halo game. Well done, everyone.

Play Anywhere was introduced at this year’s E3, though we saw it used previously with games like Quantum Break. The promotion allows players to buy games on one platform and get copies for both. Saves and Achievements also carry between Windows 10 and Xbox One, allowing you to switch between your monitor and TV as it suits you.

ReCore is first up, with the Play Anywhere release coming on September 13. Forza Horizon 3, Gears of War 4 and Cuphead are coming later.