If you're a regular user of Steam, you may have noticed a small indie game rapidly growing in popularity. Since it was released in late-October, Crab Game has garnered tens of thousands of positive reviews, and has been watched on Twitch for over a million hours. Xbox gamers are wondering if it's possible for them to experience this particular game. So we've put together this article, to tell you all you need to know about whether there is a Crab Game Xbox edition. Here are the details.
Is Crab Game On Xbox?
At the time of writing, Crab Game is not available on Xbox. It's available via Steam, and can be played on Windows, macOS, and SteamOS + Linux. But perhaps a little strangely, there is a Guide For Crab Game available through the Microsoft Store. It is described as "This is not a game. Just Guide". So that probably tells you everything you need to know. If you see anything entitled, Puzzle For Crab Game or Fishing: Barents Sea - King Crab, these are not the droids you are looking for.
There may be ways of playing a Crab Game Xbox version. However, this is not an official port. Instead, you would have to find a PC cloud gaming service that is compatible with the Microsoft Edge browser. However, at that point you may as well stream to PC or mobile.
Crab Game Xbox Release Date
Are there plans for Crab Game to make its way onto the Xbox? Not that we know of. And there may be several reasons for that. The game was developed by an individual known as Dani. Whether Dani has the time and resources to build the game for another platform, only they can answer. Dani has been very busy lately delivering updates of the game for Steam players.
There's also a query around how Microsoft would feel about having this game on their platform. While the game is very clearly not associated with Squid Game, lawyers can get quite twitchy around anything that threatens their intellectual property. So whether Microsoft would want to risk getting embroiled in that, no matter how small the risk, is questionable.
What is Crab Game and why is it popular?
You may be wondering what exactly Crab Game is, and if it has anything to do with Squid Game. Or if, in fact, it is a game about a crab. According to the game's description on Steam, "Crab Game is a First-Person Multiplayer game where you fight for the ultimate cash price in different minigames based on children's games, until only one player is left to claim it all". If that sounds suspiciously like a certain worldwide television hit, that's probably because it is. However, the developer also added:
Definitely not based on any online streaming pop culture korean tv shows, as that would get me in legal trouble, so we're certainly not doing that.
So to be absolutely clear, the game-that-is-in-no-way-influenced-by-Squid-Game-but-is-strikingly-similar-in-many-ways-to-Squid-Game doesn't have very much at all to do with actual crabs. But it's still a very popular game, possibly in part to the (entirely coincidental) similarities it has to Squid Game. But at the moment, the only way for players to experience Crab Game is via Steam.