Xbox One Backwards Compatibility: Updated List Includes New Games In February

Microsoft unveiled fans with their Xbox One Backwards Compatibility program, a feature that aims forward to expand with new titles.

Xbox One console owners should be delighted to know that several new Xbox 360 titles are set to be featured in the gaming platform’s Backwards Compatibility program. Halo Wars, which is set to be in the final testing process, is said to be made available along with other titles including GTA: San Andreas and Bioshock Infinite.

Though Halo Wars is not on the top ten most requested list, the game is surely one of the more sought-after games from fans. Together with different other titles that are poised to make their way as part of the backwards compatibility, Halo Wars has been seen on the Xbox One Marketplace, which fans will be waiting for an official announcement.

A file size of 6.34GB is listed and would make for an excellent download ahead of the release of Halo Wars 2.

The game will feature all-new Halo story and is set to arrive on Xbox One and Windows 10 in the fall of 2016, report developers Creative Assembly.

“The game is set to follow in the tradition of the original Halo Wars and will not mimic The Total War franchise Creative Assembly are famous for,” studio boss Tim Heaton told MCV.

“There’s loads of pressure.”

“We are absolutely using Halo Wars as a starting point. This isn’t going to be a Total War: Halo kind of game – this is Halo Wars taken to the next stage.”

“We really rated Halo Wars. It’s something we can add to and build on. As we’re learning about the universe, we’ve been working closely with 343 Industries, and that’s been a really interesting learning experience.”

As of today, the list includes around 150 games, but Microsoft has promised to add a lot more with time. The company also has its own section on the official Xbox One site where they detail about all the news and updates about new Xbox Games with Gold deals every month.

As Xbox One Backwards Compatibility falls under priority of most next generation owners, a lot of requests on several popular games are made, which Microsoft releases through votes. Only one of the game from the top ten charts has been confirmed to be featured.

The list includes: Black Ops 2, Skyrim, Red Dead Redemption, Modern Warfare 2, Black Ops, Modern Warfare, Modern Warfare 3, World at War, Mass Effect 3 and Fallout: New Vegas. Only Black Ops has been confirmed by Microsoft while fans are still awaiting the release date for Xbox One.

Rumors regarding release date of Black Ops 1 in February has also been hitting the web, but there has been no confirmation of the alleged exchange between a game enthusiast and a member of the Xbox Support Team. Other speculations say that some gamers in Spain were able to download the Blacks Ops 1 “Annihilation pack” in their Xbox One. But, no official details have been released so far.

Currently, Hand of Fate is made accessible throughout February in Xbox One while Styx: Master of Shadows will be available from February 16 to March 30. Xbox 360 games currently available is Sacred Citadel, while Gears of War 2 will be made available from February 16 to 29. Similarly, Call of Duty: Black Ops DLC has reportedly appeared as available to download on the Xbox One.

Microsoft also unveiled their Community Calendar App, which now is live on Xbox.

“The Community Calendar provides a destination to help you easily discover hundreds of upcoming events, get involved and meet other gamers, game-creators, and even some of us here at Xbox. The Community Calendar also introduces new programming, as well as brings back some old favorites,” said senior global manager, Mike Lavin.

Update: 02/08/2016

Another new title Red Dead Redemption seems to have been leaked in the Xbox One backwards compatibility tool. The game was first spotted on NeoGAF, it appeared alongside Tekken Tag Tournament in the Xbox Live user’s game list.

The game is available to those who own the game digitally though some navigation is required to download the game. It’s still not clear if downloading the game can violate Microsoft’s ToS.

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