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Middle-Earth: Shadow of War is a Play Anywhere Title on Xbox One, Scorpio, and PC

| February 27, 2017

Middle-Earth: Shadow of War is a Play Anywhere Title on Xbox One, Scorpio, and PC News Xbox  Xbox One Middle-Earth: Shadow of War Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

The surprise announcement of Middle-Earth: Shadow of War this morning wasn’t much of a surprise thanks to a leak over the weekend that blew the whole thing. Still, it was great to see that one of our favorite games of the last few years was getting a sequel. The announcement trailer was great, but some details were left out. One of these was revealed moments ago by Microsoft, announcing Middle-Earth: Shadow of War as an Xbox Play Anywhere title across Xbox One, Project Scorpio, and Windows 10 PC.

Microsoft explained, “As an Xbox Play Anywhere title, if you purchase a digital version of Middle-earth: Shadow of War on either the Xbox Store or Windows Store, you will automatically have access to the game on both Xbox One and Windows 10 at launch – and for Project Scorpio at its launch this holiday season – at no additional cost.”

The Xbox Play Anywhere program has been one of the most interesting developments in video games over the last couple of years. Taking the very concept of a console exclusive and throwing it to the wind, the feature makes it so that buying the game on Xbox One is the preferred option, if you also want to play it on PC.

Still, we’ve seen flaws with the program, such as games dropping off shortly before release, and extremely tiny online multiplayer communities. The problem is that everything is tied to the Windows Store, so that’s the version of the game that you get. As that store has not yet caught on as a massive gaming hub, most players are still on Steam, Origin, Uplay, or the other major contenders. Without cross-platform multiplayer the community just isn’t there to support some of these games.

Middle-Earth: Shadow of War will almost certainly have online components, but whether they’ll be hurt by this sectioning of the community is not yet known. We’ll find out when the game hits PS4, Xbox One, and PC on August 22nd.

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  • Jimmy DoneGood

    Running 4k native on Scorpio.

    • Guest

      Meh, not worth the wait. I’ll be happy to have it on my PS4 Pro

    • Whatever

      You’ll have to do better than CrapGamer’s lies here.

  • jdc88

    Well there we go. That was somewhat a reveal of when Project Scorpio will be out. I was hoping ito would come out a little after an E3 reveal but lll be come out around Oct-Dec. My moneys on a November date

  • STRIKE

    BOOM!!!

  • Grifter17

    “extremely tiny online multiplayer communities”

    You must be thinking of Modern Warfare which was not a Xbox Play Anywhere Title

    • All Seeing Eye

      I can confirm that Gears of War player counts dropped off immediately if they ever existed in the first place. If Microsoft would just stop trying to force Windows 10 store down people’s throats they could probably kill on Steam. But everyone wants to section off their stuff and there are just too many platforms. I do have to say that between the three I like the Xbox Live integration, and some of the cross play initiatives that they’ve started like being able to play Gears with players between PC and Xbox One. I think this is just the start of it though, and hopefully it gets better with time so these communities can be one big one instead of what we have now.

  • Facts First

    Oh another two for one with Scorpio support in the future.. Sure, thanks good guy Microsoft.

  • Whatever

    Funny how it’s MS who announces these things and not the publishers. You’d think they’d be proud to be involved in such a revolutionary achievement. /s

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