Posted June 11, 2019 by Joseph Rositano in Feature

E3 2019: Last Backwards Compatible titles hit Xbox One, classic Rare games receive enhancements

In a somewhat bittersweet announcement, Microsoft has revealed (via TrueAchievements) that the Xbox One will receive its final 23 Backward Compatible titles sometime this week.

The main reason these will be the last classic titles to join the Backwards Compatibility line-up is because the project team will now be working to bring backwards compatibility to the next Xbox console, tentatively called Scarlett. It remains unclear how extensive the Backwards catalog will be on Scarlett, but it’s reassuring the company is looking at preserving the previous generations of Xbox gaming.

We have included the list of brand new Backwards Compatible titles below. An interesting note is that Too Human will be offered free to players. The game is notorious for being in development hell for almost ten years, having originally started as a project for the original PlayStation before being shifted to GameCube and then finally Xbox 360.

Brand new Xbox Original Backwards Compatible titles:

  • Armed and Dangerous
  • Indiana Jones and the Emperor’s Tomb
  • Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy
  • Splinter Cell
  • Splinter Cell Pandora Tomorrow
  • Splinter Cell Chaos Theory
  • Splinter Cell Double Agent (Xbox)
  • Unreal Championship 2

Brand new Xbox 360 Backwards Compatible titles:

  • Asura’s Wrath
  • Battlefield 2: Modern Combat
  • Enchanted Arms
  • Enslaved: Odyssey to the West
  • Far Cry Classic
  • Far Cry Instincts Predator
  • Infinite Undiscovery
  • Peter Jackson’s King Kong
  • Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands
  • skate.
  • Star Ocean: The Last Hope
  • Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo HD Remix
  • Syndicate
  • Too Human
  • Unreal Tournament 3

Also announced on a special E3 episode of Inside Xbox, was that a selection of Backwards Compatible Rare games will be receiving updates to make them Xbox One X Enhanced. This means the titles will receive a resolution boost when played on an Xbox One X console. The titles to receive the update include:

  • Banjo-Kazooie
  • Banjo-Kazooie Nuts & Bolts
  • Banjo-Tooie
  • Kameo Elements of Power
  • Perfect Dark
  • Perfect Dark Zero
  • Viva Piñata
  • Viva Piñata: Trouble in Paradise

The updates will be applied for gamers who own either individual copies of the games or via the Rare Replay collection.


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