ARK: Survival Evolved among the first third-party Play Anywhere titles, coming December

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Update November 1, 2016: Play Anywhere is coming to ARK: Survival Evolved, so Xbox One players will be able to play the PC version for free (and vice versa), making Studio Wildcard's survival game among the first third-party titles to adopt Microsoft's consumer-friendly policy. 

The only other game not from Microsoft to support Play Anywhere currently is Everspace. In a post on the official site, during a lenghty Q&A, Studio Wildcard responded to a question about the service coming to ARK.

Imagine all our list of upcoming PC games came with a free Xbox One copy. 

"We’re working on it (on the side)," says Studio Wildcard co-founder, Jeremy "Drake" Stieglitz. "[It] requires reformatting ARK’s application handling to work with Universal Windows Platform.

"Hard to predict exactly when it’ll be ready to release at the moment, but it’s looking like December!"

This comes after Phil Spencer's comments about third-part adaptation of Play Anywhere last month, which you can read below. Hopefully it's a huge success for both Everspace and ARK, so other developers and publishers follow suit. 

Original Story October 17, 2016: We could eventually see big publishers giving away PC copies of their games alongside the Xbox One versions, and vice versa, once they start to see the benefits of Microsoft's Play Anywhere promotion, says Xbox boss Phil Spencer. 

Play Anywhere is actually really great and it's good for consumers. Buy any of Microsoft's first-party titles like Gears of War, and it unlocks across both platforms: console and PC.

Your save even uploads to the cloud and you can carry on the fight when you switch between platforms. It's like magic. 

Phil Spencer thinks we could see third-party publishers trial it in future, once they look past the obvious. 

“I’d say some of the bigger traditional third party publishers, they want to see how this works out for us,” he said during an interview with PC Authority. “There’s always a fear that you’re ‘giving away two games for the price of one’. I’ll say I think there are very few people that actually buy a game twice, once on PC, once on console.

“Really what you’re doing is you’re just allowing the customer you already have to play your game more often. In today’s world, engagement on games is more engagement on games, [and] is almost always a good thing, given multiplayer and the business models around those games.

“I think the third-party big publisher adoption will happen in time.”

While it would be amazing to see this happen, I won't hold my breath. I mean, you can get an Origin Access subscription right now, but you'll still have to pay again to get the same service on Xbox One, albeit under the banner of 'EA Access'.

Maybe one day soon publishers will look beyond the immediate hit, instead looking at keeping hold of happy customers. 

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nu1mlock Avatar
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8 Months ago

While Play Anywhere is a great thing and already possible on lots of games on Steam, I can't really care less about getting a console version of the game I purchase.

Don't get me wrong, it's not a bad thing at all and it would be great if it was more common.

I just wouldn't have any use for it whatsoever. There's literally no reason for me to have the game on console when I have a PC that will play any game better than its console version.

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Realo Foxtrot: Kitten Avatar
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8 Months ago

I on the other hand, am someone who could benefit from the play anywhere adoption.

My problem with a game like the division, was i had to choose which platform to get, as all three had friends on

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8 Months ago

Yup, I'm happy with it as well, for multiple reasons. When I reach parts of the game that are completely unstable on PC (To be fair, that's developer error and should be fixed) I can swap to the Xbox One, I can play Forza Horizon on the PC super smooth but also play it with my Xbox One friends, and one copy of Gears of War 4 lets me play co-op with my girlfriend on two separate systems, which is better than split-screen.

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nu1mlock Avatar
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8 Months ago

Forza Horizon 3 is already cross-platform so you can play with your Xbox One friends on your PC anyway (but maybe that's what you meant).

And when it comes to Gears of War 4, I prefer having better performance over two monitors when I invite my brother to play than him having worse performance on a TV and on top of that being forced to pay for Xbox Live to play with me.

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8 Months ago

Wait, that's a thing? I didn't know you could play co-op with two monitors. I dunno about better performance though, fairly certain GoW4 already plays at 60 fps on Xbox One anyway?

As for Forza, I mean, technically yes in that it's cross platform but most likely it's only cross platform because they decided to create Play Anywhere in the first place.

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nu1mlock replied to Anakhoresis
8 Months ago

While it's not officially supported, it's easy to create a custom resolution in Nvidia's Control Panel (or AMD equivalent), pick the resolution in the game's options and run in window mode and drag the game to cover both monitors.

Granted, being higher resolution, it's also more taxing on your hardware, but instead of buying an Xbox One for "whatever it costs", putting that into your GPU more than makes up for it.

Gears of War 4 on Xbox One runs at 30fps in the campaign and 60fps in multiplayer. But then again, my PC runs it a lot better than that - a lot higher fps, higher resolution and higher graphical options - and many "average" PC's do too.

You are however, most likely correct in that the reason we have cross play is because of Play Anywhere.

I'd much rather have a cheaper digital copy (or retail copies) of the games than a really high price compared to any other PC game and get the Xbox One version with it.

I'm almost paying double the price compared to other games on PC. Yes, I get the Xbox One version, but I'm sure as hell paying for the Xbox One version as well - it's not really "included for free".

Edit: For example Dishonored 2 costs £30 from GMG (official retailer) while Gears of War 4 is £50. That's almost double.

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8 Months ago

So I'm replying to the wrong message because Chrome (where I'm signed in) won't let me reply to last your post, and Edge won't let me sign in. Lovely.

Anyway, if I could give you a ton of upvotes I would! Never occurred to me to try and do something like that with a custom screen type. I'll have to mess around with it.

And it's odd, not sure if I've been console-ified or if they've done something new with newer games, but I've been really happy with how GoW4 and FH3 play, and usually I'm pretty touchy about 30 FPS especially with racing.

For pricing, I feel like there's something else going on there. For me in the States GMG sells Dishonored 2 for $60, discounted to $50.99. FH3 and GoW4 are both $60. Also add to that while yes GMG has its discount, it's not exactly "normal," other retailers have it for $60.

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DustyGerkin Avatar
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8 Months ago

Ha ha, not at the price point it is now

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Anakhoresis Avatar
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7 Months ago

Err, I don't believe the update is quite true. Everspace on Xbox Game Preview is Play Anywhere.

http://news.xbox.com/2016/09/24/everspace-hitting-xbox-game-preview-on-xbox-one-today/

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Kirk McKeand Avatar
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7 Months ago

Ooh, nice spot. Thanks! Have updated the article.

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