Xbox 360 vs. Vista … Fight! Universe at War to feature cross-platform play

Sega has announced today that their upcoming real-time strategy title, Universe at War: Earth Assault, will support Games for Windows Live. This is a bold move for Sega, making them the first in a sea of skeptical third-party publishers to support Games for Windows Live. The game, which will also be released on the Xbox 360, will support cross-platform play as well.

For the Xbox 360, game’s devleoper, Petroglyph (Star Wars: Empire at War), will be building a control scheme from the ground up. The ease of use of this control scheme could make or break the title; as steamlined as the controls in the 360 versions of Command and Conquer 3 and Lord of the Rings: Battle for Middle Earth II were, many still feel the RTS genre is best played with a keyboard and mouse. 

It looks like we’ll get a chance to find out early next year, when mouth-breathing computer nerds take on frat-boys over Xbox Live. Universe at War: Earth Assault is scheduled to his PCs in Winter 2007, with the Xbox 360 version following in Q1 2008.

Nick Chester