One of the biggest surprises during Microsoft’s E3 2015 press conference was the announcement that the Xbox One would soon become backward compatible with Xbox 360 games. In an update that will be released later this year, a select number of Xbox 360 games will work with Xbox One. All players have to do is insert the Xbox 360 game disc into their Xbox One, and that will trigger a download for the game, preserved on Xbox One in its original form. Not only does the backwardscompatibility require no extra work from the developer (Microsoft handles it – the dev just needs to give permission) but DLC will also be backward compatible too.
Fans have been quite vocal about which games they would like to play on Xbox One, with Game Rant‘s own wishlist including the likes of cowboy sandbox Red Dead Redemption, open world dragon slayer The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, and space soap opera Mass Effect 2. Fans have also been voting on the official Xbox website with Call of Duty: Black Ops and Black Ops 2 getting over 40,000 votes each (no doubt thanks to Black Ops 3‘s imminent release), Batman: Arkham City has almost 30,000 votes, and Xbox One versions of Halo Wars and Halo: Reach are also highly requested.
Also making an impact as the most highly requested driving game on the list is Criterion Games’ open-world racer, Burnout Paradise. With almost 8,000 votes logged, fans are clearly eager to take to the streets (and the dirt roads and alleyways) of Paradise City once more. And lucky for those thousands of fans, Criterion has confirmed that that they are talking to Microsoft about making Burnout Paradise available on Xbox One via backwards compatibility.
Yes, we ARE talking to Microsoft about making XBox 360 Burnout Paradise available on XBox One via backwards-compatibility! More news soon!— CriterionGames (@CriterionGames) July 6, 2015
While it is a shame that the game won’t be able to take advantage of the Xbox One’s boosted graphics capabilities, when Burnout Paradise was released on Xbox 360 all the way back in 2008 it wasn’t exactly a bad looking game. Furthermore, the fact that DLC can also be carried over to Microsoft’s new console means that all of the money that fans spent on Paradise‘s many DLC packs (including Legendary Cars like the DeLorean, and the Big Surf Island map expansion) won’t go to waste either.
Already, some fans have criticized Criterion for choosing to make Burnout Paradise (the fifth game in the Burnout series) backward compatible instead of one of the previous Burnout games, as they say that Paradise is ‘boring’ and didn’t focus on car crash chaos and mayhem as much as the others. It’s worth noting then, that Burnout Revenge (the fourth game in the series) has just over 4,500 votes, so perhaps with a bit more support Criterion will be willing to let that become backwards compatible too.
Which games would you like to see go backwards compatible? Are you glad that Burnout Paradise could be coming to Xbox One?
Source: Criterion Games