When Microsoft unveiled its plans to bring backward compatibility to the Xbox One, gamers immediately started clamoring for their favorite games to get the Xbox One treatment. To determine which 360 games fans wanted to be able to play on the Xbox One, Microsoft conducted a survey, allowing gamers to vote for various 360 games. While games such Red Dead Redemption and Alan Wake ranked high on the survey, it was Call of Duty: Black Ops II that took the crown.
But despite fan hope that this survey would lead to the popular shooter getting the backward compatibility treatment, Microsoft’s presentation at Gamescom has seemingly squashed that possibility. During the presentation, Microsoft unveiled a list of publishers that would be lending their support to backward compatibility, and while big names like Ubisoft, Capcom, and EA appeared on the list, one publisher was noticeably absent: Activision.
Activision, the publisher responsible for the Call of Duty series, has apparently opted to not lend its support to Xbox One backward compatibility, Microsoft has revealed. It’s important to note, though, that Microsoft has stressed that it is ultimately up to the publisher to decide whether or not to support the feature, and they have no control over these decision.
When asked about it on Twitter, Microsoft’s Aaron Greenberg told fans that they would have to ask for Activision to support the feature, stating:
While Call of Duty fans are sure to be upset over Activision’s decision, there is suspicion that this choice could be related to future Call of Duty plans. Activision CEO Robert Kotick has discussed interest in releasing remastered versions of popular Call of Duty titles at some point, and Activision’s backward compatibility opt out could indicate that these plans may be in motion. Activision is no stranger to remastered games, having recently released an HD collection of the Prototype series, which could suggest that the publisher may have more remastered titles planned.
While Microsoft’s backward compatibility discussion hinted at many more incoming games for the feature when it launches in November of 2015 (with titles such as Bioshock Infinite, Far Cry 3, and Dead Space flashing on the screen during the conference), the lack of Activision support removes fan favorite games such as Blur, Marvel: Ultimate Alliance, and Transformers: Fall of Cybertron from the list. Call of Duty fans have already taken t0 Twitter to voice their displeasure over the decision, so perhaps with enough support for the feature, Activision could change their stance.