Major Nelson announces via Twitter that Call of Duty: World at War is now available on Xbox One via backward compatibility, along with three other new games.
Last year, Microsoft brought great joy to gamers around the world when it introduced backward compatible gaming for the Xbox One. Gamers were once again able to play their favorite titles from Xbox 360, both with virtual and hard copy games.
Since backward compatibility launched in November 2015, gamers have enjoyed periodic announcements to the backward compatible library of games. Today, Microsoft’s Larry Hyrb, better known by his gamertag “Major Nelson,” announced four new titles available on Xbox One via backward compatibility, including Call of Duty: World at War.
Since backward compatibility was first announced, Call of Duty games have been at the top of the list of requested games. And while World at War isn’t the first Call of Duty game to be playable on Xbox One, it’s definitely one of the most requested.
Call of Duty: World at War is coming to Xbox One Backward Compatibility today. Now, all back compat COD titles are purchasable on Xbox One pic.twitter.com/NsLkdJJGqu— \ Larry Hryb \ (@majornelson) September 27, 2016
To date, Xbox One owners can now play Call of Duty 2, Call of Duty 3, Call of Duty: Black Ops, and Call of Duty: World at War, provided they have a digital or hard copy of the Xbox 360 game. Those who don’t yet own the games can buy them used online or from a local gaming store, or pick them up digitally directly from the Xbox One store.
The other three games coming to Xbox One backward compatibility with World at War are FunTown Mahjong, E4: Every Extend Extra Extreme, and Encleverment Experiment. To date, there are more than 250 Xbox 360 games available on Xbox One backward compatibility.
While Microsoft is able to prepare games for backward compatibility without the aid of developers, Microsoft needs approval from developers to release games as backward compatible. It’s a little surprising to see World at War see release just as Activision prepares to launch Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered. Additionally, Call of Duty 3 was added to the list of backward compatible games just a week ago.
Granted, this could be a strategic move on the part of Activision, which may see the release of two older Call of Duty games to backward compatibility as free press in preparation for Infinite Warfare’s launch in November.
That said, it’s highly unlikely gamers will see another Call of Duty game make it to backward compatibility prior to Infinite Warfare’s release. Releasing Modern Warfare 2 or 3, or Black Ops 2 at this point may distract players too much from Infinite Warfare. And with rumors of Modern Warfare Remastered coming as a solo purchase sometime after it launches with Infinite Warfare, Xbox One gamers may not see another Call of Duty backward compatible announcement until well into 2017.
What do you think about Call of Duty: World at War coming to backward compatibility on the Xbox One? Do you think it will disrupt sales of Infinite Warfare and Modern Warfare Remastered?