Original Xbox games are on their way to Xbox One – here are the games that are confirmed so far.
As a part of Microsoft’s E3 2017 press conference, an expansion of its backward compatibility program was announced, adding support for original Xbox titles. While a growing list of Xbox 360 titles has rolled out for the Xbox One in recent years, the latest expansion will bring a whole new wave of nostalgia to fans of the program.
While original Xbox game backward compatibility won’t roll out until later this year, Microsoft has already begun to unveil some of the titles coming to the console for the feature’s launch. These are the few games confirmed so far for original Xbox backward compatibility.
Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge
Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge is an action-based flight game for the original Xbox, first released for the console in October 2003. The game was developed by FASA Studio, a company ushered into Microsoft and known for its work on Shadowrun, MechAssault and other BattleTech games.
Taking forward several features from the original PC-exclusive “Crimson Skies,” High Road to Revenge features mechanics inherent in both arcade titles and flight simulators. Described as a middle ground between both genres, the game offers simple controls and physics, while still maintaining some of the complexities of a more realistic experience.
Under Microsoft’s wing, Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge gained a pulp-fiction twist, adding exaggerated action and adventure to its single-player element. Also adopting a more open slant on mission structures, stories and side missions were all contained within a large central world. As expected from a Microsoft Studios title, the game also offered a competitive online multiplayer mode hosted through Xbox Live.
Launched alongside a slew of other exclusives for the original Xbox launch, Fuzion Frenzy is a classic party game supporting up to four players. Combining 45 mini-games into a single package, the game was the defining multiplayer title for the console, ahead of Xbox Live’s roll out a year later.
Taking place over six arenas, players can create mini-game tournaments or choose activities on a per-game basis. By modern day standards, a majority of these game modes aren’t hugely complex, but nothing beats playing a classic multiplayer game with friends.
What else can you expect?
As of right now, Microsoft has only confirmed two titles on their way to Xbox One backward compatibility. With some complex technologies and legal boundaries to overcome as a part of the emulation process, only select games will be included in the program when it launches. There’s no clear indication of games to come, but there are some likely additions to the Xbox One backward compatibility lineup.
A portion of the original Xbox library was playable on the Xbox 360, with some distributed over Xbox Live. It’s likely a number of these will see a revival on Xbox One and be offered via the Xbox Store. It’s also likely Microsoft will attempt to bring some of its own games to the console, to boost the program’s initial offerings. Classics such as Halo: Combat Evolved, Project Gotham Racing, Fable, and Shenmue were all published by Microsoft Studios and would be fitting candidates for emulation.
One thing is for sure: the backward compatibility offering for original Xbox titles will be more restricted than its Xbox 360 counterpart. While the existing Xbox 360 library is growing strong, Xbox head Phil Spencer already confirmed fewer original Xbox titles will be returning. And while it’s not entirely surprising, features like achievements won’t be introduced to titles for their Xbox One release.
Let us know in the comments about the titles you’re hoping to see when original Xbox backward compatibility launches this fall.
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