In recent months, Microsoft has been staging a massive comeback against the PlayStation 4, and a lot of that success is no doubt due to the Xbox One’s backward compatibility program. By letting gamers play a huge selection of their Xbox 360 games on Xbox One, Microsoft has offered a major incentive to anyone still waiting to upgrade.
There’s just one problem: Some of the best Xbox 360 games are still MIA. While many of the most-requested titles have already been confirmed for backward compatibility?and some, like Red Dead Redemption, are live now, countless others like Battlefield 3, Mass Effect 2, and Call of Duty: Black Ops II have yet to make the jump across generations. But there’s hope for these games?and many more.
Below you’ll find all the latest updates on ten of the most-requested games for the Xbox One’s backward compatibility program. That includes progress for games that have already been announced, as well as clues or public statements for those that haven’t.
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. Still, Activision has regularly been adding more and more Call of Duty titles to the feature, with the latest being Call of Duty 2. Sooner or later they’ll run out of games to stall with, right?
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 2 ? Unconfirmed
While the original Mass Effect has already come to the Xbox One, no word has been given as to the second or third chapters in Commander Shepard’s saga. Mass Effect 2 in particular remains a series high point, and we’d love the chance to relive the adventure on the Xbox One. Though, again, EA hasn’t shared any news on backward compatibility, a company executive recently threw a heaping bucket of cold water on the idea of remasters, so it’s entirely possible the publisher sees backward compatibility as a smarter, cheaper approach to bringing the games to current gen.
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, Maybe Soon
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. Thanks to a mysterious recent update to the game, however, it seems like the day may be arriving sooner rather than later. 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!