We’re still in the month of May but with the big E3 month just around the corner, we felt it prudent to get our predicitions up for the month of June 2016 because it’s almost a certainty that Microsoft will mark the anniversary of the announcement of backwards compatibility with a lineup of BC games coming to the Xbox One in June – a kind of “All these games are available through Backwards Compatiblity starting today” moment. Without further ado, here’s out predictions for games we could see become backwards compatible on the Xbox One in June 2016.
Red Dead Redemption
The wait for Red Dead Redemption to become officially available through backwards compatibility on Xbox One has been a long one. 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. But, the sequel to RDR looks poised for a E3 reveal so what better way to celebrate such an announcement than making Red Dead playable on Xbox One? Let’s make it happen Microsoft and Rockstar.
SSX and Halo 3: ODST are both heading to Xbox One backward compatibility soon, according to a pair of listings spotted by some users before being removed on Amazon. Noticed by a user on Reddit, Amazon had pre-orders available for digital copies of each game with SSX following one week later on June 14. SSX was a fun game that was described as “A modern day reinvention of one of the most critically acclaimed arcade franchises of all-time, EA SPORTS™ SSX will allow players to experience the franchise’s signature fun and adrenaline-packed gameplay across iconic mountain ranges all over the world.”
Halo 3: ODST
As per the leak posted above with SSX, Halo 3: ODST was also up on Amazon as a digital code playable on Xbox One. Although the game is also downloadable via the Master Chief Collection with a boost to a 1080p resolution and a smooth 60 frames per second, it seems Microsoft is also bringing this spin-off Halo 3 title to the Xbox One for owners of the original 360 game.
Skate 3 is the third installment in the Skate series of video games, developed by EA Black Box, and published by Electronic Arts. Released on May 11, 2010, It is the sequel to the 2009 game Skate 2. If you visit the official Xbox Backward Compatibility website then you’ll notice that Skate 3 is listed as coming to backwards compatibility some day but the exact date is unknown. Since this is one of the most hotly demanded games to come to Xbox One and a fan classic, it makes sense to announce it at E3 where it’ll make the biggest splash.
Call of Duty: Black Ops
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
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 Infinite Warfare now having been revealed and even the MW remaster, there might be some who doubt the chances of any past Call of Duty titles coming to BC but if Black Ops were to get a remastered version, it won’t presumably be until Treyarch’s next title in 2018 so it makes perfect sense for Black Ops to come to Xbox One this upcoming June.
With the biggest event of the year coming up in June what games are you hoping Microsoft will announce for BC to mark the anniversary of their announcement of Backwards Compatibility for Xbox One? Let us know by leaving a comment below.