The bunch of Call of Duty Infinite Warfare players who purchased the game through Microsoft Windows store are completely annoyed due to the lack of players online and they are getting refunds so that they can purchase the game on a more lively platform.
The publishing sector has been continuously trying to segregate PC gamers on Windows platforms. Steam is easily the crowned king in the area with a mammoth list of games and millions of players actively playing them on their platform. Then, there is Origin from Electronic Arts used only by Battlefield, Mass Effect or other EA games and Ubisoft has it’s own Uplay platform for Assassin’s Creed series. This is plain annoying for gamers already and Microsoft jumped into it one more time with their Windows store purchase option.
Players can buy Call of Duty Infinite Warfare from Microsoft Windows Store or through Steam. Those who purchased the game were in for a shock because Steam and Store won’t work with each other. When you buy the game on Steam, you get to play with your friends there but Microsoft won’t merge their gamers with the Valve platform. Online matches hardly had one or two players playing it making it simply impossible to find any multiplayer sessions.
Good news is, most players when they tried to get refunds from Microsoft were immediately refunded. They would have probably purchased it once again on Steam if they are ardent Call of Duty fans. Infinite Warfare opened to decent reviews and it’s bundled game, Modern Warfare remastered has made both critics and gamers happy. However, you have to be careful when purchasing the game to ensure there are players online to play with.
Activision is yet to make a statement on whether they plan to merge Windows store with Steam so that players could find matches on any platform. Besides, it is crucial for Microsoft to ensure people keep buying games on their platform. Titles like Gears of War 4 and Forza Horizon 3 are available only on their store but not on Steam. PC gamers have enough platforms to worry about and dividing it further simply causes more disappointment rather than boosting sales.
Publishing companies like Ubisoft, EA should come together to work with Steam or probably all the big companies could form a single platform where these game clients could sync the titles and allow players to play with each other irrespective of the store in which they purchased the title.