It’s no doubt that Microsoft has been promising and teasing PC gamers with fake promises of “focusing on PC gaming” for a while now. However, since Phil Spencer has become head of their Xbox division, these promises might actually come true, as recent news and rumors indicate.
Surprise! Quantum Break!
In an unexpected announcement, Microsoft has recently revealed that their well-promoted and well-known new IP made by Remedy Entertainment, Quantum Break, will also be coming to Windows 10 PCs at the same time as Xbox One. This move came completely out of left field and surprised a lot of gamers, as the game was revealed years ago, and you’d think that Microsoft would promote a new IP better on all their platforms. Regardless, it is a great announcement. But it wasn’t seen this way by die-hard Xbox fans: they got inexplicably angry on Twitter and started cursing at Phil Spencer, threatening to cancel their pre-orders simply because more people get to experience their “precious” exclusives. However, everyone who buys the game on Xbox One will also receive a Windows 10 copy, so their anger is unjustified.
Quantum Break will be released on April 5 for Xbox One and Windows Store (no Steam version).
Quantum Break wasn’t the only Microsoft game recently released for Windows 10, though, as Rise of the Tomb Raider was also ported to PC this January. Unlike other future Microsoft releases, however, this game was released on both the Windows Store and Steam, with the Windows Store version being criticized for its bad performance and lack of certain features, not to mention the delay in updates. Before this, though, Microsoft Studios games were usually published on Steam, but it seems that Microsoft is looking to compete with Valve in the game distribution market. We can only hope they’ll do a better job than they did with Games For Windows Live.
At last year’s Gamescom, Phil Spencer announced new games coming to Windows 10 PCs, with a brand new AAA game, Halo Wars 2 coming this fall. Other blockbuster titles announced last year are Killer Instinct (which is expected to release in March for PC, along with its third season), and Gears of War: Ultimate Edition (a remastered edition of the first game with new maps and multiplayer modes), which never saw the light of day on PC, and is apparently ignored by official Microsoft figures.
After Quantum Break’s sudden announcement, rumors about new Xbox One exclusive games coming to Windows 10 spread throughout the Internet. Apparently, the source of the rumors said that Forza Motorsport 6, Forza Horizon 3 and Gears of War 4 will also be coming to Windows 10 PCs, on the Windows Store. Other users on Reddit state that 343 Industries, the studio in charge of the Halo franchise, is working on a PC version of the Master Chief Collection, but this rumor is more of a “my daddy works at Microsoft” type of thing, so it should be taken with a grain of salt.
Whether these rumors turn out to be right or wrong, one thing is certain: this time, Microsoft is actually trying to satisfy PC gamers, and with the Xbox One architecture being similar to the PC one, we can expect more exclusives to be coming to PC. Find out what new Xbox games will be ported and if the rumors are true on February 25, when Microsoft will host an “Xbox and Windows 10 Gaming Show”, which should tide us over until E3 and Gamescom come. That being said, join us on February 25, as we will cover the most important news from Microsoft’s Xbox and Windows 10 Gaming conference on our website.