Original Xbox Games Coming Via Backward Compatibility Leaked: ‘Crimson Skies,’ ‘Red Faction II,’ And More ‘Confirmed’
Some of the games included in Xbox One's planned backward compatibility with original Xbox titles have been unofficially named via leaks, suggesting Dead to Rights, King of Fighters: Neowave, and a lot more will be part of the initial lineup.
Microsoft revealed earlier this June during E3 that Xbox One would be able to run select games released for the original 2001 Xbox. The company still hasn't announced when the feature will go live, but several leaks have suggested it could arrive in the next few weeks or so.
Xbox One Backward Compatibility With Original Xbox Titles: Release Dates And Games Lineup
Speculation says it's coming in November, which makes perfect sense because first, Microsoft said it would arrive before this year ends; second, it's the same time in 2015 when the Xbox One received backward compatibility support for Xbox 360 titles; and third, November is gaming's busiest month of the year, as Polygon points out. Not to mention that the Xbox One X, Microsoft's beastly flagship console, also launches on that month, meaning backward compatibility could be an added hype factor to drum up excitement.
With that in mind, here is the unofficial list of games to be included when Xbox One finally adds backward compatibility support for Xbox titles, as published by Twitter user h0x0d on Saturday, Oct. 21:
• Crimson Skies
• Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
• Ninja Gaiden Black
• Sid Meier's Pirates!
• Fuzion Frenzy
• Prince of Persia
• Red Faction II
• Dead to Rights
• King of Fighters: Neowave
• Grabbed by the Ghoulies
That's only a total of 12 games for the initial lineup, which isn't much, sure, but it does include Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and Ninja Gaiden Black, two beloved fan favorites. The list is also diverse in terms of gameplay styles, with a platformer, a hack and slash action title, and a first-person shooter all in the mix. There's something in the list for everybody, that's for sure.
What's Missing From The Lineup?
The original Halo is missing, though, the game that's perhaps responsible for the console's significant success. Players who miss Halo can get the 4K rerelease of Halo: Master Chief Collection instead, which includes a remastered version of the game.
Reddit users also found the same lineup above via leaked listings, although user Krvavi_Abadas notes that the pages in which these games appear are unfinished, and their interaction with the Xbox One ecosystem either goes nowhere or invokes a glitch.