While the Xbox One Backward Compatibility Program may be expanding gamer’s libraries, is Microsoft valuing quantity over quality?
With the exception of the much requested Red Dead Redemption, July’s backward compatible games have been lackluster titles. Throughout the month, compatibility announcements have been made for Syberia, Fret Nice, Flock!, and Tour de France 2009, with no mention of promised titles like the BioShock trilogy or highly requested games like Call of Duty: Black Ops II. While its uncertain if Microsoft ignoring its own list of requested titles, or is stuck figuring out the licensing, can all agree that better titles should be coming at a more frequent pace.
In case Microsoft needs a starting place, here is a list of ten of the most requested games for the feature, both in development and unconfirmed:
Call of Duty: Black Ops II – Unconfirmed
With a staggering 183 thousand votes, Call of Duty: Black Ops II is the most requested game to get the backward compatible treatment. Fans were teased earlier this summer with the release of the original Black Ops via backward compatibility, but no announcement has even been whispered for the popular sequel.
BioShock Infinite – In Progress
The most requested title that Microsoft has announced, the third BioShock game was announced to be coming to backward compatibility last year, but we still haven’t seen Booker or Elizabeth. Perhaps it’s the fact that the game already exists on the platform that is keeping the company from prioritizing the port’s release.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Unconfirmed
The second-most requested game for the program, the Bethesda action-RPG was ported to the Xbox One as part of Fallout 4′s development research. Does the recent announcement of the remastered Skyrim Special Edition mean the death of this as a backward compatibility game? We’ll have to wait and see.
Mass Effect 3 – Unconfirmed
While the original Mass Effect has already come to the Xbox One, no word has been heard as to the finale of the Commander Shepard saga, Mass Effect 3. An intricate story with multiple endings, the game basically demands multiple playthroughs. With any luck, we won’t have to wait for Mass Effect 2 and 3 to arrive separately, either. If they trickle out one at a time with a gap this long between them, we’ll need the patience of an elcor.
Grand Theft Auto IV — Unconfirmed
GTA IV has received 76 thousand votes to be brought to the Xbox One, and with the continued success of GTA V, gamers are jonesing to play earlier games in the series. Despite many games released on the Xbox 360, however, Rockstar Games has only brought one to the backward compatibility program thusfar, Red Dead Redemption.
Skate 3 – In Progress
The 2010 skateboarding game, Skate 3, has been listed as coming to the Xbox One backward compatibility program for a long time now, but still no release date has been set. Hopefully we won’t have to wait through too many more blasé games before we can head back to the city of Port Carverton.
Batman: Arkham City – Unconfirmed
Expanding the scope of the game from Arkham Asylum, Arkham City was an amazing piece in the Batman gaming universe. Yet, despite his popularity, the Dark Knight has only been seen in one game brought to the Xbox One’s backward compatibility program so far, Lego Batman.
Assassin’s Creed III – Unconfirmed
The final Assassin’s Creed game on last-gen consoles, Assassin’s Creed III put players back in the shoes of Desmond Miles as he explores the American Revolution. Perhaps Microsoft is waiting on some Animus technology to allow us to play games from our past?
BioShock – In Progress
We’ll never forget our first taste of the dark and nautical steampunk shooter, BioShock. Announced as an upcoming backward compatible game alongside BioShock II and BioShock Infinite last year, we can’t help but feel like the game is being kept in a city under the sea.
Battlefield 3 – Unconfirmed
With amazing critical reception, it’s beyond us why Battlefield 3 has yet to come to the Xbox One backward compatibility. Perhaps it’s the bevy of newer Battlefield titles already available for the system that make this less of a priority? But come on, Microsoft, we want to be Marines again!
What games are you waiting on? Let us know in the comments below!