"Resident Evil 7" gamers will be able to continue on a PC the game progress they saved on Xbox One, and vice versa, due to the horror series' latest installment's cross-save compatibility support. The welcome news first broke on Japanese website Dengeki, which reported that the Windows Store and Xbox One version of Resident Evil 7 can share play data. The news was then confirmed to IGN by Capcom.
Both Capcom and Microsoft denied to comment, however, about whether Resident Evil 7 would be covered by the Xbox Play Anywhere scheme, according to IGN. Under Xbox Play Anywhere, gamers can purchase both Xbox One and PC versions of a game for the price of one. Cross-saving is a cornerstone of the Play Anywhere scheme.
Thus far, however, the scheme has been limited to Microsoft games. If Resident Evil 7 were to be covered, it would be one of the first third-party titles to do so, as a non-exclusive Xbox game. Although it remains to be seen, non-inclusion under the Play Anywhere scheme could significantly lessen the usefulness of cross-save support on Resident Evil 7, as it would mean gamers would have to buy both versions at full price, according to Techno Buffalo.
Despite its multi-platform release, Resident Evil 7's marketing has focused heavily on PlayStation 4, with an announcement, demo and even unique VR experience that were released exclusively to PS4 at the last Sony E3 conference, according to Hofmag. Still, this does not rule out the possibility of an enhanced partnership with Microsoft in the form of cross-buy support.
Resident Evil 7 is slated for release on Xbox One, PC and PlayStation 4 on Jan. 24, 2017, with HDR support for all formats, including 4K on PC and PS4. The game is expected to stage a successful launch, with Capcom projecting sales of the survival horror installment to reach 4 million copies.