Have you picked up Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare from the Windows Store, and did your friends do so via Steam? Then no, you won’t be able to play multiplayer together.
The news is coming in from IGN and various online websites that cross-network play between the Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare version bought from Windows 10 and the version bought from Steam is not happening.
Well, fans weren’t exactly informed about this but apparently, even if both of you are playing Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare on the same platform, say PC, you won’t be able to play with each other if you’ve purchased from different stores. If you’ve purchased your Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare for PC from the Windows Store and your friend did so via Steam, then say goodbye to playing with your best buddy. It looks like Windows Store and Steam are not exactly too friendly.
Call Of Duty: Infinite Warfare Multiplayer Splits Windows 10, Steam Audiences https://t.co/L9LCIef6HC pic.twitter.com/ng5r2B8Jtv
— Marcus (@badrushgaming) November 4, 2016
“FAQ Asks: Can I play Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare or Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered for Windows 10 on Windows Store with my friends that are playing on another PC platform?
FAQ Answers: No, you can only play these titles with other users of Windows 10 on Windows Store.”
Since some fans always bought games from Steam, it has never been a problem playing with other PC players. This has been a surprising and quite depressing news to those who have just purchased Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare since the information that there will be no cross-network play between the Windows Store and Steam versions was not explicitly mentioned in the Windows Store nor on the Steam page.
— gamesconnection (@gamesconnection) November 4, 2016
A lot of people believe that this was a move by Microsoft to solidify the Windows Store app as a new leader in gaming retail.
However, a Microsoft spokesperson has reached out to Windows Central and says, “We support cross-play between devices and platforms for partners who want to enable it.”
Short the reply may seem, but it only means that the decision to disable cross-network play between the Windows Store version of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and the Steam version was entirely an Activision thing.
Since a bulk of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare players have purchased their copies from Steam (obviously), we’re pretty sure those who bought theirs from the Windows Store will feel pretty bad about their multiplayer experience. Whoever wants to play multiplayer in a ghost town? In multiplayer, it’s always the more, the merrier!
— Infinity Ward (@InfinityWard) November 4, 2016
Kotaku notes that at the moment, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare can be purchased from Steam for $59.99, while you can purchase it via the Windows Store app for only $47.99. But if you’re purchasing from the Windows Store, is the discount worth it if you can’t play multiplayer with everyone else?
In addition to this, the Activision FAQ regarding Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare clarifies the following:
- Neither Modern Warfare Remastered nor Infinite Warfare are “Play Anywhere”
- It won’t feature any form of cross-play between console and PC
- It won’t feature any form of cross-play between Windows Store UWP and other PC versions
- You will need a Microsoft Account to play the game through the Windows Store
- You don’t need Xbox Live Gold to play online
- You can play the campaign offline
With Windows trying to strengthen the Xbox One Play Anywhere feature, fans hoped that Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare would launch to the feature.
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare reviews are up, and it looks like not a lot of Call of Duty fans are happy with how the game turned out. With multiplayer a sure letdown for those who bought Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare from the Windows Store app, it’s not looking too good for the franchise.
So if you’ve yet to pick up Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare but are still planning to do so, it’ll be wise to heed PC World‘s words.
“I’ll keep it simple: Don’t buy Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare through the Windows Store. Get your PC copy literally anywhere else.”
[Featured Image by Activision]