Phil Spencer, the head of Microsoft’s Xbox division, expresses his desire for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 to join the list of Xbox One’s backward compatible games.

According to information found on the Xbox Feedback site, Activision and Treyarch’s 2012 shooter Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 is currently the most highly requested game by fans for the Xbox One’s backward compatibility program, with more than 207,000 community votes, which is far more than gamers’ second choice of The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim, which presently holds upwards of 170,000 votes. Although Skyrim is an incredibly coveted candidate to become backward compatible on Xbox One, not only do the fans want Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 to show up on the program’s list more, but also the head of Microsoft’s Xbox division, Phil Spencer, has expressed his interest in the shooter making its way onto the company’s current generation platform.

In response to a fan on Twitter, Spencer revealed his desire for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 coming to backward compatibility by initially apologizing for his lack of response by not addressing the community’s sheer craving for the title to show up on the program’s catalog of games. The Xbox boss followed up his apology by saying, “I really want to see this come to BC.”

@bringbo2back_ @BlackOpsXboxOne Please don't take my lack of response on BO2 as a lack of caring, I really want to see this come to BC.
— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) January 17, 2017

For those unaware, the original Black Ops is already playable on Xbox One via backward compatibility alongside a litany of other Call of Duty titles. Should Black Ops 2 come to the Xbox One program, then it would be the fifth Call of Duty to do so, with the initial Call of Duty, Call of Duty 2, and World at War having also been added a while back.

Of course, Call of Duty fans on Xbox One would more than likely be content if all of the franchise’s titles from consoles of yore make their way on to Microsoft’s current system by way of backward compatibility. As it happens, another extremely sought-after title for the program is Modern Warfare 3, which has been rumored as an inclusion to the catalog at one point in time, but has yet to be officially added.


While it remains to be seen if Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 will make its way on to Xbox One through backward compatibility, with Phil Spencer supporting its inclusion, there’s a much higher chance that the shooter could make it on the list. Nevertheless, the program has had a strong start for 2017, with Microsoft having just recently added strong titles such as Dragon Age: Origins, Battlefield 3, and many more. Should Black Ops 2 make the cut, then it’s safe to say that there will be plenty of celebration from Xbox fans everywhere.

What do you think about Phil Spencer wanting Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 for Xbox One’s backward compatibility program? Would you like to see the game on the platform too? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 is currently available for PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.