The truth is, we don’t know what games will end up on Xbox One’s backwards compatibility list over the lifetime of the console. The poll on the Xbox Feedback site is a good idea of what fans want, but it doesn’t do much beyond suggesting to Microsoft and publishers which titles to pursue.
It turns out that fans want Call of Duty. Lots of Call of Duty. Of the top 10 most requested games, half the list is made up of Calls of Duty.
- Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
- Red Dead Redemption
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
- Halo: Reach
- Call of Duty: Black Ops
- Gears of War 3
- Fallout 3
- Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
Red Dead Redemption was leading last week – and rightfully so, there’s nothing out there quite like it – but has since been overtaken by the might of Black Ops 2.
As much as I enjoy the Call of Duty titles, it’s a bit disappointing to see so many bunched up at the top while unique stuff without sequels get pushed down. But then it shouldn’t be surprising that the most popular game series in the world is at the top of a list of games people want to play.
What are the chances of these games making it on the list? Red Dead Redemption doesn’t have an announced sequel, so there’s nothing currently to cannibalize. Call of Duty, meanwhile, has a new entry just a few months off. It seems doubtful that Activision would want to risk cannibalizing game sales by making a fan favorite readily available right before its follow-up’s release. But then, who knows – giving fans access to the previous entries in the series might be a good way to get them hyped for the sequel.
We’ll likely learn more about the list of initial additions to the backwards compatibility list as fall grows nearer. Meanwhile, the next game in the series, Call of Duty: Black Ops III, releases Nov. 6.