Middle-earth: Shadow of War is an Xbox Play Anywhere game, Xbox boss Phil Spencer has confirmed. When tweeting about the newly announced game, the Xbox executive said that it would be available on Windows 10 and Xbox One as a Play Anywhere title.
With Play Anywhere, players are able to buy a game on either their Windows 10 PC or their Xbox One console and they can also play it on the other platform for free. Other games to feature Play Anywhere support include Gears of War 4 and Forza Horizon 3; both of these games also offer cross-platform play, but it’s currently unclear whether Middle-earth: Shadow of War will offer that too.
Also unclear is whether or not Middle-earth: Shadow of War, which was officially announced with a trailer earlier today, will feature specific Project Scorpio improvements. Spencer’s tweet did make mention of Project Scorpio, the improved and more powerful version of the standard Xbox One hardware, though the Xbox executive did not explicitly state how (or if) the upcoming fantasy RPG would benefit especially from the improved technology. At the very least, its Play Anywhere support should mean that if players start playing on their standard Xbox One, they will be able to keep playing (and take their progress along with them) to their new Project Scorpio.
— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) February 27, 2017
Promising to expand and improve upon the well-received Nemesis system from the first game, Shadow of Mordor, Middle-earth: Shadow of War is already shaping up to deliver on fan hopes. The CGI announcement trailer also confirmed the return of well-liked characters Talion and his companion Celebrimbor as they try to build a formidable army and take down Sauron in an adventure that’s sure to entertain existing Lord of the Rings fans. Even Mount Doom and Minas Morgul are featured.
According to the game’s publisher, Warner Bros. Interactive, an official gameplay reveal is expected for next week, as it seems that the earlier leak of the game’s existence forced the company’s hand and saw them announce the game a little prematurely. Nonetheless, this gameplay showing will likely seal the deal for many fans intrigued at the sequel’s possibilities, seeing them rush to pre-order both the game as is and the special Mithril Edition ahead of the game’s launch this summer.
Middle-earth: Shadow of War launches on August 22, 2017 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 4 Pro, Project Scorpio, and Windows 10 PC.