It’s always a great pleasure to see something that sailed under the radar get appreciation from Microsoft’s backwards compatibility list. Lost Odyssey, the Xbox 360’s answer to Final Fantasy directly from the creator of Final Fantasy, is now backwards compatible and playable on the Xbox One.
Lost Odyssey was one of two games that Microsoft created with Mistwalker, the indie studio founded by Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi. The idea was to bring full fledged JRPGs to the Xbox 360 to address the vacuum that the oft-delayed Final Fantasy XIII created and steal the genre from Sony. However, between it and Mistwalker’s other game, Blue Dragon, the plans didn’t exactly unfold that way.
The JRPG lost popularity on the home consoles, Valkyria Chronicles rose to be the sweetheart of the generation, and Final Fantasy XIII ended up coming to Xbox 360 anyway.
— \ Larry Hryb \ (@majornelson) September 29, 2016
But, at least we got two sweet games out of the deal. I wouldn’t call them masterpieces by any stretch of the imagination, but both Blue Dragon and Lost Odyssey are worth checking out for fans of the genre. Thanks to backwards compatibility, they are no longer locked in the past on the Xbox 360. Blue Dragon was made available back in August, and Lost Odyssey is available from today.
It is joined by Toy Story 3 and Guwange in this latest backwards compatibility update. Still no sign of Guardian Heroes.