Yooka-Laylee

With Yooka-Laylee having launched for home consoles and PC, there was one specific feature that some Xbox One fans were looking forward to for the game that actually didn't quite make the cut in the final version of the game.

According to an update on the official Xbox News Wire, Mike Nelson revealed that Yooka-Laylee will not support the Xbox Play Anywhere feature at launch, even though it was originally announced that the game would feature Play Anywhere.

Originally some users thought that it would be implemented, but it won't make the cut because the Windows 10 version of the game isn't launching with the other systems but is only listed as "coming soon"; it doesn't have an exact release date either.

So what's the significance of the Windows 10 version being delayed from arriving on April 11th? Because the only way to use the Play Anywhere feature is if the Windows 10 version is enabled along with the Xbox One version of a game.

In this case, the Xbox One version will be available along with the PC and PS4 versions. However, the PC release of Yooka-Laylee is for the Steam version of the game, not the Windows 10 store version; and you can't use the Steam versions of games to access the Play Anywhere feature for Xbox One titles.

So where does that leave Yooka-Laylee fans? Well, for now it means that the game will be available on Xbox One but the Play Anywhere feature won't be available at launch. It will also eventually launch on Windows 10, but they don't have an exact date for when it will arrive yet.

I suppose the bigger question is: will the game support Play Anywhere when it finally does launch on Windows 10?

Only a few games support this feature because it basically allows you to share your game -- and whatever progress you've made in the game -- across multiple devices. Killer Instinct and Gears of War 4 support, along with Halo Wars Definitive Edition and Forza Horizon 3.

Other games such as Crackdown 3 and the upcoming State of Decay 2 are also expected to house this feature. Microsoft has also been working hard to get more third-party developers to support the Play Anywhere feature, so that gamers can start playing on their PC or Windows 10-enabled device and continue playing on the Xbox One when they have time.

It's still possible that Yooka-Laylee might support the feature after it launches on Windows 10, whenever that is. For now, though, the 3D platformer will simply be available separately on PC, PS4, and Xbox One when it launches on April 11th later this week.

The game has been receiving quite a bit of positive praise for its gameplay and features, so it seems like it could end up being quite popular if Microsoft and Playtonic pull the trigger on the Play Anywhere ability. Microsoft has had some trouble in the past securing the Play Anywhere feature for some games, so maybe (and hopefully) they'll be able to get this to work for Yooka-Laylee so that Windows 10 owners and Xbox One gamers will have an added feature to look forward to.

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