If you purchased the Windows App Store version of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare you’ll only be able to play with users in that ecosystem. It turns out that Infinite Warfare players on Windows cannot connect to those on Steam, thus effectively cutting them off from the larger Call of Duty community.
In a FAQ on Call of Duty‘s Community Site, a question asks: “Can I play Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare or Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered for Windows 10 on Windows Store with my friends that are playing on another PC platform?” The blunt response reads: “No, you can only play these titles with other users of Windows 10 on Windows Store.”
Cross-platform play is admittedly a rare thing, but the decision to have multiplayer servers for Windows and Steam users be segregated like this seems odd. Steam’s Call of Duty community has been around since 2003 and is one of the larger gaming communities online. Windows as a gaming platform doesn’t boast the sort of numbers Steam does and its Call of Duty community (whatever there is of it) wouldn’t be nearly as large. With all of this in consideration, it would seem to be a wiser choice to buy Infinite Warfare on Steam and ignore the Windows version entirely since the biggest selling point of Call of Duty is playing online with a large community.
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare was released today on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. This entry marks a departure from past titles since it takes place in the far future. Special editions of the game come bundled with a copy of the remastered Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. Infinite Warfare has met with mixed reception (to say the least) but since it is a Call of Duty game, it will still no doubt be a huge best seller this year.