One of Microsoft’s most exciting announcements at E3 this year for longtime fans was the extension of the Xbox One’s Backward Compatible program to original Xbox games. Not only would digital purchases from the Xbox 360’s Xbox Originals program carry forward, but original discs would load up and system link would be supported across the entire Xbox family of consoles. All years, rumors have swirled regarding what games would be available on the Original Xbox Backward Compatibility List. This morning has brought about a rumor with a bit more credibility.
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— WalkingCat (@h0x0d) October 21, 2017
Known Microsoft source “WalkingCat” has posted an official-looking image on Twitter containing a sizable list of games. The Original Xbox Backward Compatibility list will seemingly include:
- Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
- Red Faction II
- Dead to Rights
- Fuzion Frenzy
- The King of Fighters Neowave
- Ninja Gaiden Black
- Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic
- Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge
- Grabbed by the Ghoulies
Several games have already been confirmed working on current generation hardware. Crimson Skies was one of the marquee games during the E3 announcement of the service and Fuzion Frenzy has been running on Xbox One at recent press events. Outside the program, Grabbed by the Ghoulies has already been ported over via Rare Replay, and Red Faction II is available on PlayStation 4 with a host of other legacy releases by THQ Nordic.
No official word on when these titles will be available, but it should be close to the Xbox One X’s November 7th launch. Since Reddit users have dug up store pages being set up, it seems that the program’s start will be sooner rather than later.
All the listed titles are already a part of the Xbox 360’s backward compatibility program, which some have assumed would be a limiting factor for Xbox One’s implementation. That list is pretty long, about half of the entire Xbox library. Still, notable dream titles like the original MechAssault and Metal Wolf Chaos are nowhere to be found. Here’s hoping that the team is working on transferring over the full breadth of the original green box.