Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is going to be coming out on the PC along with the Playstation 4 and Xbox One, but unlike normally when players on PC wouldn’t have to worry about what system they have in order to play with other PC users, the Windows 10 Store Infinite Warfare PC versions can’t be played with anyone else.
The information comes from the Activision support website, which answered a frequently asked question about whether or not players that bought their games on the Windows Store on a Windows 10 computer could play with their friends on other PC platforms. Apparently, this is because Call of Duty uses Steamworks to run, and thus is best played on Steam.
The solution to this is, thankfully, a simple one: don’t buy the Windows Store version of the game. Whether you buy it off of Steam or some other platform, it’s likely that as long as your copy of the game isn’t from the Windows Store you’ll be able to play it with your friends using other Infinite Warfare PC versions.
Considering that neither Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare or Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Remastered are part of the Xbox Play Anywhere program (likely because they aren’t Xbox exclusive), many would likely say that there’s therefore no reason that they should even be on the Windows Store. While Microsoft Windows is one of the most widely-used computers in the world, very few people are likely to buy a copy of the game off of the Windows Store.
So, if you want to play with other Infinite Warfare PC versions when the game comes out tomorrow, you should probably avoid buying the game off the Windows Store and go with the Steam version instead, or from any other platform that you might want to play it from.