Microsoft reveals ten more games for the Xbox One’s backward compatibility program, including The Witcher 2, Sam & Max Save the World and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.
When Microsoft revealed a backward compatibility scheme for the Xbox One console, many were excited to see exactly which games would make it onto the roster. So far, Xbox owners have had a number of extremely strong titles revealed for the program, including the likes of Assassin’s Creed 2, Just Cause 2, and Mass Effect. Now, the publisher has confirmed ten more games for Xbox One backward compatibility.
The news was revealed in an update over on the Xbox website. There are several standout names including Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Sam & Max Save the World, but perhaps top of most gamers’ lists will be The Witcher 2: Assassin of Kings. As a bit of a bonus for gamers looking to pick up the title, the CD Projekt RED RPG has also been made available for free until February 5, 2016.
Previously, Microsoft had released lists games in a large bundle, with 104 games revealed as the initial library. However, it appears as though the publisher is changing its strategy with regards to these new backward compatibility releases, and is now moving away from a set release date for games each month. Instead, Microsoft is now pushing a pilot scheme where it releases games as soon as they become available, after each title has “received the engineering and publisher stamp of approval.”
Here is the full list of games announced:
- The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings
- Sam & Max Save the World
- Aegis Wing
- Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
- Age of Booty
- Space Giraffe
- Jeremy McGrath’s Offroad
- Small Arms
Microsoft has also launched a new page for Xbox One Backward Compatibility over on the Xbox Wire. The company will now use this page for updates regarding recently-released titles, as well as additional content such as “spotlight stories” on the more popular games that become available through the program.
The backward compatibility program for the Xbox One has proved to be hugely popular so far, with Xbox One owners clocking in with over 21 million hours of gameplay in the backward compatible library alone. Microsoft was expecting to sell “millions” of extra Xbox One consoles thanks to the backward compatibility of the console, and although it remains to be seen just how successful the plan has been financially, Xbox users have certainly appreciated being able to play their favourite old titles once more.
Although some gamers are still awaiting some of the most-wanted games for backward compatibility, it’s good to see the steady addition of games to the roster. Hopefully, fans won’t have to wait long to see their favorites make it into the library.