Black Friday shoppers discover that the Xbox Live Marketplace lists Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and The Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion as backward compatible.
For Xbox Live Gold subscribers, the Xbox Live Marketplace's Black Friday 2016 deals are now live, and they can purchase a variety of blockbuster releases on the cheap. The sale includes Xbox One games as well as backward compatible Xbox 360 titles, but Xbox Live has a couple of games listed as backward compatible that haven't been added to the service yet – The Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.
On the Xbox 360 sales page, consumers can see The Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 clearly grouped together with the other backward compatible games, and listed as playable on Xbox One. This seems to indicate that Oblivion and Modern Warfare 3 will be added to the service any minute, but at the time of this writing, neither game is currently playable on Xbox One.
Perhaps the games will officially join the lineup of Xbox 360 titles playable on Xbox One once the Black Friday sales event kicks off for everyone, and not just Gold subscribers. If that's the case, then fans might be able to expect Oblivion and Modern Warfare 3 to hit the service as soon as this coming Tuesday, November 22nd, but they should wait for an official announcement before getting their hopes up.
If Oblivion and Modern Warfare 3 are added to the backward compatibility list, it should come as no surprise. After all, they represent two of the biggest Xbox 360 titles in history, with strong sales, positive critical reception, and popularity that persists to this day. Modern Warfare 3 has been one of the most-requested games to be added to the backward compatibility lineup since the service was announced, and fans have been clamoring for an Oblivion remaster for years.
Furthermore, Head of Xbox Phil Spencer promised that fan favorite games would be coming to the backward compatibility service in November. So far, it appears as though Spencer's claim hasn't been wrong, with Mass Effect 2 and 3 added to the list of backward compatible games just a couple of weeks ago, and the likely additions of Modern Warfare 3 and Oblivion just around the corner.
Modern Warfare 3 and Oblivion coming to the backward compatibility list seemed like it was just a matter of time, but some fans will be happy to know that it looks like the wait is almost over. Moving forward, it will be interesting to see how Xbox can top November's backward compatibility lineup, but perhaps next year fans can look forward to original Xbox games being added to the service after all the biggest 360 titles are made available.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and The Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion are both available on PC, PS3, and Xbox 360.