Xbox One Backwards Compatibility Ends With A Splash Of Splinter Cell Games
Microsoft has called time on its backwards compatibility for the Xbox One console, shifting its focus to ensuring that as many back-catalogue games as possible will be playable on its next system, Project Scarlett.
This news emerged via a blog post on Xbox Wire, which states: "After this week, we have no plans to add additional Original Xbox or Xbox 360 titles to the catalogue on Xbox One, but we're excited to continue our work on Xbox compatibility across platforms and devices, which remains a top priority."
It continues: "Today, we're thrilled to bring you a final collection of Original Xbox classics, Xbox 360 fan-favourites and Xbox One X Enhanced updates as a token of appreciation to our fans for their support."
And, fair enough, the final batch of backwards-compatible games is quite excellent - especially for fans of old-school Splinter Cell titles, who can now play the entire franchise on Xbox One.
Yes, Sam Fisher might have been mostly absent from E3 2019's Ubisoft presser - that spot in the mobile-only Tom Clancy's Elite Squad aside - but he's got a full four original Xbox titles being added to the Xbox One's backwards-compatibility list. So dust off those discs, people, and get sneaking.
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Also added to the Xbox One's compatible 360 line-up are a pair of cult favourites that I only (very) recently highlighted as great 'seven out of ten' games still worth checking out today: Ninja Theory's Enslaved: Odyssey to the West and Capcom's interactive anime-fest Asura's Wrath. Get on those, if you never have before.
Interestingly, another 360 addition is Too Human, Silicon Knights' overly hyped and ultimately horribly flawed Norse mythology-themed twin-stick RPG that was removed from online sale in 2013 over a legal dispute surrounding its use of Unreal Engine. It's coming back now though, and as a free download, too.
The complete list of newly added (or imminently arriving) Xbox One backwards-compatibility titles is as follows:
Original Xbox: Armed and Dangerous, Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb, Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy, Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell, Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Pandora Tomorrow, Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Chaos Theory, Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Double Agent, Unreal Championship 2: The Liandri Conflict.
Xbox 360: Asura's Wrath, Battlefield 2: Modern Combat, Enchanted Arms, Enslaved: Odyssey to the West, Far Cry Classic, Far Cry Instincts Predator, Infinite Undiscovery, Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie, Prince of Persia The Forgotten Sands, Skate, Star Ocean: The Last Hope, Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo, Too Human, Unreal Tournament III.
Very nice little lot there. Very nice, indeed.