Microsoft’s Major Nelson announced via Twitter this week that the much beloved first-person shooter Call of Duty 2 is now available on Xbox One backward compatibility.
Since launching its backward compatibility feature for Xbox One, Microsoft has been hard at work adding new games to the service. While some of the games added have been little more than number padding, others have rekindled gamers’ love for the popular games of the last console generation.
This week, Microsoft’s Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb once again brought joy to many Xbox fanboys when he announced that Call of Duty 2 had been added to the list of backward compatible games. The announcement, which Major Nelson shared via Twitter, brought swift appreciation from Xbox One owners.
Gamer excitement over the newest addition to the Xbox One backward compatibility list isn’t surprising. At the moment, Call of Duty games make up five of the top six most requested backward compatible games on the Xbox website. The only non-Call of Duty game in the bunch is Skyrim, which comes in a distant second to Treyarch’s Call of Duty: Black Ops 2.
Last fall, we at Game Rant ranked the Call of Duty games to date from worst to best. Call of Duty 2 came in third, with only Modern Warfare and Modern Warfare 2 ranking above it. Fortunately for Call of Duty fans, Modern Warfare will be available alongside the upcoming Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare as a remastered edition.
While it may seem odd that Infinity Ward would approve the release of one of the most beloved Call of Duty games just a couple short months before launching the next game in the series, the move could actually work in the developer’s favor. By releasing a Call of Duty game that doesn’t feature multiplayer and covers an era far removed from the futuristic battles coming with Infinite Warfare, Infinity Ward is giving players a satisfactory distraction without having to worry about players getting burned out of the first-person shooter.
With the Modern Warfare remaster releasing with Infinite Warfare, it’s unlikely the original version will ever make it to backward compatibility. However, now that Black Ops and Call of Duty 2 have been added to the service, hopefully players will see Modern Warfare 2 and Black Ops 2 added early next year.
Xbox One owners who may not be interested in the Call of Duty games can still find more than 230 other backward compatible games to play, with many more on the way every month.
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