Xbox One Backwards Compatibility Predictions For April 2016

Backwards compatibility on the Xbox One is proving to be hugely popular amongst fans of the system and Microsoft have been dedicated in providing fans with as many new backwards compatible games as possible. For instance, the inclusion of 2 Xbox 360 backwards compatible games for the Xbox One via Games with Gold guarantees two free Xbox 360 games a month, even before the monthly additions. Just this month, we have seen games like Alan Wake and Halo Wars becoming backwards compatible on the Xbox One. As we draw closer to April, here are some games we hope to see become backwards compatible.

Red Dead Redemption

We couldn’t make a prediction list without featuring one of the most intensely requested games that is Red Dead Redemption. In early February, fans were delighted when Red Dead Redemption was seemingly playable via backwards compatibility on the Xbox One. Fans went out in droves to purchase the Xbox 360 game for the purpose of playing it on the Xbox One. And, for a short while, everything seemed fine. However, within a few hours Microsoft quickly deactivated access to the game and apologized for its early leak. When one tries to boot the game now on Xbox One, they are told the game needs an update, an update that can’t be downloaded. The game doesn’t work without the update and so for now Red Dead Redemption is still not playable on the Xbox One. In spite of this, players who did get the chance to try it out reported that the game ran very smoothly so we’re assuming that Microsoft were just finalizing things before officially making Red Dead Redemption backwards compatible and it would certainly make a big splash in April.

Call of Duty: Black Ops

Everyone take a breath, we know this one is coming. Microsoft officially announced that Call of Duty: Black Ops would be coming to backwards compatibility at some point in the future back in November with an official statement from Major Nelson that read

“Our launch of 104 titles on Nov. 12 is just the beginning. You can expect new Xbox One Backward Compatible games to be announced on a regular basis, starting in December. More titles are on the way, including fan favourites like Halo Reach, Halo Wars, Call of Duty: Black Ops, Bioshock, Bioshock 2, Bioshock Infinite and Skate 3. Stay tuned because this just the beginning of a long list of Xbox 360 games that will run on Xbox One.”

This resulted in many to believe that Black Ops was going to be made backwards compatible at some point in the Fall last year but alas that time has passed. However, that doesn’t mean that Black Ops isn’t going to be backwards compatible and we bet it will be soon. With Call of Duty games announcing sooner than ever and recent leaks surrounding the new Infinity Ward Call of Duty title, we expect Activision will want to give the go ahead on Black Ops 1 backwards compatibility before any official announcement for the next Call of Duty so as to get it out of the way. For this reason, it’s very possible we could be seeing Call of Duty: Black Ops on the Xbox One this April.

Left 4 Dead 2

This is one I am personally very excited for since it was one of my all-time favourite games on the Xbox 360. I still remember the first time I went out to help the crying woman I could hear thinking she might have needed my help and then WHAM it turns out that wailing woman is a witch tricking you. Left 4 Dead 2 also featured excellent co-op gameplay that instantly made it a fan favourite. There was some sort of trickery that allowed people to access this title early on the Xbox One before it was patched out by Microsoft that suggests this game isn’t far off from being officially released. However, a Reddit user recently made a post with a picture of Left 4 Dead 2 updating on the Xbox One. The game still doesn’t works but after you launch it, it does show a message which states that the game is not released yet. However, with Microsoft providing an update for the title, it’s not hard to presume that we may be getting L4D2 backwards compatibility sooner rather than later.


With the big-hitters out of the way, it’s worth noting that Microsoft has also done a good job at making Arcade titles from the Xbox 360 era backwards compatible on the Xbox One but these are far harder to predict since buzz surrounding these games isn’t as high compared to titles like the ones listed above. If you have any games, arcade titles or big AAA titles that you hope come to the Xbox One via backwards compatibility soon then let us know in the comment section below.


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