The big question on many Xbox fans' minds over the past couple years has been whether Microsoft will ever add more original Xbox and Xbox 360 games to backwards compatibility, with many titles still missing from the lineup.
Xbox Series X director of project management Jason Ronald was asked about this once again by Lords of Gaming this week, and revealed that the team wants to add more games, but it's getting "harder and harder" to do so.
"What I'll say is, we want to bring more games to the program, but it gets harder and harder. First off, technically, can we make some of these games work? But more often than that now is, in some cases these developers or the publishers don't even exist anymore. Or, there's licensing agreements, or maybe a developer has plans for the franchise, so it's definitely a challenge."
Ronald went on to explain that the backwards compatibility team is aware of which games Xbox fans still want to see added to the program, and while there's nothing to confirm right now, the door hasn't been shut entirely.
"I'll definitely say it's getting harder, [but] we would like to bring more games to the program. I can't commit to any specific games or [confirm whether] we're going to be able to add more games in the future, but it's definitely something that we're working on, we're trying to do what we can, but I will definitely say that we hear the feedback."
Would you like to see more games added to Xbox backwards compatibility? Let us know down below.
I imagine any game owned by Bethesda that’s not already available will be made available, yes even Wet. Also I’m sure there’s still one or two EA games not available. These would help bolster the Game Pass/EA Access vaults.
@FragRed There are absolutely loads of EA games not available (particularly for original Xbox), but the majority are licensing nightmares. Movie tie-ins, racing and sports games, etc.
Waiting for Condemned 2 and the F.E.A.R franchise.
Oh please make it so!! There’s still a pile of OG Xbox games and 360 games that I need to come forward!! And there’s plenty that do not appear to have any licensing issues! Make it happen boys! My wishlist is long!
@ymo1965 hell yea!! Love me some FEAR!! Idk why Warner Bros hasn’t put out another entry yet!!
MS published a huge # of Xbox games like Nightcaster.
Shouldn't that make it easier???
Oh, NFL Street was f'n amazeballs! Would love to see that and Def Jam: Fight for NY, be so good, but I agree it'd be a logistical nightmare for licencing.
Midtown Madness 3 with the online servers switched back on, that's all I want.
@joey302 Yes would love to try Fear again but it seems a little pointless as it won't have aged well and will tarnish my memory of it. Perhaps they should spend time making a new game in the franchise. The biggest issue right now is the lack of new games for the latest consoles and not lack of being able to play old games. We have thousands of them already.
I think they've actually already covered every single OG xbox and 360 game I want.
Simpson's hit and run anyone?
@GamerDad66 Publishing does not translate into ownership. The sequel was published by Jaleco and developed by a difetent team (or at least same team with a different name.)
Neither seem to exist anymore.
I would have liked something like Eternal Sonata, but maybe that falls into the licensed music category.
They could start with their own games, older Forza titles, Midtown Madness 3. Would be great if older Need for speed games was on the list as well. Lollipop chainsaw I would like to be on the list as well. The Max Payne games would be great too
Thank you!! Been asking for Condemned 2 for ages now.
Unfortunately the only way to have full backwards compatibility without any of those licensing issues is through hardware emulation, but that is out of the cards. So there's no way around, if a dev or publisher don't want or can put its game o BC there's nothing Xbox team can do.
I think you'd be surprised how well FEAR 1 holds up. I played it 2 years ago via GOG on my PC. Enemy AI is still the one to beat in my book. Graphics are ok and the story still rocks!
@blinx01 chopin’s music is public domain. The people involved are truly-crescendo and Namco. Considering all parties are still active, it’s more likely just popularity holding that one back. (Or possibly voice acting)
I’d also like to see Fatal Frame and the various Cave shooters drop on BC, and Gungrave.
Give me the OG Kingdom Under Fire (both games), and Dai Senryaku VII, and I am done with BC.
@gollumb82 I am currently playing Forza Motorsport 4 on my xbox 360. Why they made Horizon 1 BC while no other of the games is a mystery for me. PGR games would be great too, I agree. Feels like a slim chance on any of them however
Out Run 2 but I’d imagine licensing issues with that one
@StonyKL idk I was just playing Fear 2 the other day on my 360 and was enjoying it. Seems to stand up well. I just would like at some point to be able to carry my digital purchases forward. All the digital games I bought on wii, Wii U and PS3 for example, seem to have gone to waste and stuck on their respective systems forever.
I agree with you that the new systems need more games but it always starts off slow - it will pick up.
Metal Arms or GTFO dag nammit!😤😡😠🤬!!!!!!!!!!
If there is no company left to ask for permission to release a game, there is no company left to sue you for releasing the game.
@gollumb82 Have Condemned 2 sat on my shelf waiting. Although it isn't a great game I also would love Max Payne 3.
Even outside of licensed games or games with licensed soundtracks, there are still a bunch I'm hoping to see make it over:
Space Channel 5 p2, Dead or Alive Ultimate and 3, Gunvalkyrie, Otogi 1 & 2, Phantasy Star Online, and Tenchu come to mind. Also surprised the Kingdom Under Fire and Ninety-Nine Nights games haven't made it considering those were platform exclusives.
Please bring back last remnant and ninety nine nights.
Don't we already have enough lol..
Please Bring back
Soul Calibur 4
Soul Calibur 5
Viva pinata Party Animals
@gollumb82 Gotta disagree - I played FEAR 1 on PS3 a couple months ago and yeah, it hasn't aged well at all imho - clunky and ugly.
@Whybox I believe Nintendo owns Fatal Frame at this point, so, unfortunately doubtful it'll be re-released ever again 😭
I'd love to see:
Deus Ex: Invisible War
Max Payne (all)
Urban Chaos: Riot Response
@VenomousAlbino been wanting to play midtown madness 3 ,azuric rise of Perathia , jet set radio future & project Gotham racing for ages but there isn't a good emulator for the original Xbox & I don't fancy buying one just for a few games
I'm pretty sure the PS3 version was the worst one (just like RDR). Especially in terms of graphics. Still, it's an old game and modern standards make many games feel clunky and outdated (Silent Hill HD collection).
Definitely. I suppose Auto HDR might make things look better, too. Let's hope it happens.
@gollumb82 I don't doubt that- PS3 versions did often get the short end of the stick. I might give it another shot at some point, but I have access to so many other FPS games with equally great or even better reputations that it'll probably be a long while before I get back to it.
Surly they can poke SEGA for a dozen OG XBOX releases right? I mean a HD Remaster of Sonic Heroes, Shadow, Sonic Riders, Jet Set Future and so on don't seem very likely right?
Mainly the Project Gotham games - I bought a 360 last year just to play 3 & 4...
i'll be happy with the first two Burnout games
Surely there's nothing stopping them finishing up franchises that are already half available though right?. Looking at Borderlands Presequel, Condemned 2, Kane and Lunch, Sacred, and Army of Two TFD and TDC.
And for the love of God, bring back old Bethesda 360 games like Quake 4 and Brink.
I want to play Gladius bring that back !!
My personal Wish List of remaining games to add to XBox BC:
1) Daisenryaku VII: Modern Military Tactics
2) OutRun 2006: Coast 2 Coast
3) Namco Museum Remix
4) TimeSplitters 2
5) TimeSplitters 3: Future Perfect
I understand it's hard to add games to the list of backwards compatible but why did they have to pull Max Payne 1&2 from xbox 360? I paid twenty for each from the online store and now am not able to play all it says is Max Payne can't launch I feel robbed can I at least get a refund this is BS.. please fix all Max Payne issues because you can't even play the last mission in max payne 3 and don't get me started on red dead redemptions backwards compatible where people's heads nd arms are missing
@everynowandben dude they pulled all classic max payne from xbox 360 store you can no longer play even if you paid for them
max payne series, the punisher, dead or alive series
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