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One of Microsoft's big features for the Xbox, mobile and Windows gaming platforms was the announcement of Play Anywhere, which works similar to Sony's Cross-Buy feature. Well, the first major third-party game to make use of the Play Anywhere feature has been revealed.
Now, there may be somewhat of a caveat to the news about the Play Anywhere. First of all, this only applies to the digital version of Resident Evil 7. I'm sure everyone already knew that. What you probably didn't know was that if you click on the link provided in Phil Spencer's tweet, it takes you to the Xbox landing page for Resident Evil 7. That's to be expected. However, if you scroll down the page, you'll see the following description for the Xbox Play Anywhere feature...
Xbox Play Anywhere: Pre-order the digital version of Resident Evil 7 biohazard for Xbox, and it's yours to play on both Xbox One and Windows 10 PC.
Hmm, so it's a pre-order only bonus or just a digital bonus? At the bottom of the page they simply mention that the Play Anywhere allows you to make a one-time purchase of a game and gain access to it indefinitely across Xbox One or Windows 10 platforms.
In the case of Resident Evil 7, it only mentions that it's going to be a Play Anywhere title via pre-order. Now, on the tweet chain, someone asked and clarified with Phil Spencer if this only applied to digital copies of Capcom's new horror-survival title, and Spencer confirmed that it did only apply to the digital version of the game. What they should have asked is if this also only applies to when pre-ordering the game.
Most people assume that this will be a standing policy even after Resident Evil 7 launches and the pre-orders have closed. However, the "Pre-order" clause in the Xbox Play Anywhere description definitely makes me question.
Of course, if you pre-order you also get the added bonus of having Resident Evil: Retribution, the movie starring Milla Jovovich thrown in for good measure. For those of you who don't remember, that was the 2012 movie where Alice was trapped in the underground Umbrella facility, working with Ada Wong in an attempt to escape. I doubt that's going to really entice or encourage people to pre-order Resident Evil 7, but the Play Anywhere option is a definite shoo-in to pad the numbers.
Resident Evil 7 is due for release on January 24th for home consoles and PC. If the Play Anywhere is still a listed feature after pre-orders have closed, then that's definitely going to be an added bonus for anyone considering purchasing the game on Windows 10 or Xbox One.