Ever since Xbox One’s backwards compatibility went live and games started filtering down, Xbox gamers have had a most-wanted list of Xbox 360 games. And ever since that day, Call of Duty: Black Ops II has sat atop that list, easily surpassing even the next-most-requested game, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Well, COD:BLOPS2 is king no longer – because it’s finally available on Xbox One’s backwards compatibility as of today.
Xbox boss Phil Spencer tweeted that “today is going to be a fun day,” and for a moment, we thought some big Scorpio news was coming. Shortly after, though, Xbox Director of Programming Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb cleared it up:
— Larry Hryb @PAX West (@majornelson) April 11, 2017
So many bullets
Also on the list of most-requested games are such classics as Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. All these games were massive on Xbox 360, so it’s hardly surprising that they’ve been atop the list for so long. With last year’s release of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Remastered, though, we’ve been wondering if the games would actually see a backwards-compatibility release or if they’d head straight to remaster. It’s good to see Activision letting some of their games get back into gamers’ hands without trying to squeeze a few bucks out of them in the process.
In response to the announcement, Spencer wrote to Nelson, “Yes, finally,” in what might be the most relieved-sounding two words ever posted to the service. Fans have been relentlessly begging Spencer, Nelson, and other members of the Xbox staff for any hint of information about when this game might be available, so I have to imagine their Twitter feeds are going fall blissfully silent, at least for a few days.
Call of Duty: Black Ops II is playable on Xbox One today.