Psychonauts headlines next 360 BC update?

Source: A list spotted on Microsoft's official UK Xbox 360 backward compatibility site, and later pulled. The official story: A Microsoft representative was cagey about the issue, but said there hadn't been an official update to the list. What we heard: In June, Double Fine Productions' Tim...

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Source: A list spotted on Microsoft's official UK Xbox 360 backward compatibility site, and later pulled.

The official story: A Microsoft representative was cagey about the issue, but said there hadn't been an official update to the list.

What we heard: In June, Double Fine Productions' Tim Schafer told fans to petition Microsoft to have his latest creation, the Xbox platformer Psychonauts, added to the list of Xbox 360 backwards compatible games.

"I want you to...send Microsoft a heartfelt message," Schafer wrote on the Double Fine news page. "Something to the effect of, 'I am a 9-year-old boy in the hospital, dying of consumption, and my last wish is to play Psychonauts on my XBOX 360!' (Please, try to make up your own disease.)"

Yesterday it appeared that the campaign had worked, as Psychonauts was among a list of 31 newly backward compatible titles that surfaced on the official Xbox 360 site. However, the list was quickly pulled from the site and replaced with that of the August compatibility update, leaving the status of the update (and whether or not Microsoft listens to the pleas of dying children) up in the air.

But even for the brief time it was visible, there were a number of eyebrow-raising entries. In addition to Psychonauts, two other games that fared better critically than commercially were among the new titles. Atari's Indigo Prophecy (also known as Fahrenheit) was on the list, as was Sega's Shenmue II. Other games on the list included I-Ninja, Dead or Alive Ultimate, Destroy All Humans!, and Ultimate Spider-Man.

However, there were some indicators that not everything with the update list was kosher. Among the games marked as new additions to the list were Aquaman: Battle for Atlantis and All-Star Baseball 2005, but both of those had been included in the August update.

Given the overlap with the previous backward compatibility update and the haste with which it was withdrawn, it seems a safe bet that the list wasn't actually final when it was posted. The question is how much of the list was rooted in reality, and how much of it consisted of placeholder names.

Bogus or not bogus?: A little bit of both. There's probably another update coming, but the list that leaked isn't entirely accurate.

Discussion

267 comments
Kuzukaze
Kuzukaze

why is it that 360 wasn't fully compatible in the first place -_- I never bothered to check. that's why I'm sticking with my original consoles and saying goodbye to unreliable BC haha

Kruegmeister
Kruegmeister

kambion313 You know that you are either Lying or Don't know what you are talking about. The PS3 is 99% Backwards Compatible. The 360 is 5% Backwards Compatible. Trust me, I know... Hardly any of my XBox Titles work on my 360.

RaiderVC
RaiderVC

Psychonauts.....? I am by no means a fan of the platforming genre, not by a long shot. However: I had heard about how great Psychonauts was, and I also heard about how horribly it had sold. SO........ I went out and bought it to show my support to Mr. Schafer. It is a very amazing game, even for a platformer. If you have not played it, never really intended to, I HIGHLY encourage you to, give it a shot it is a wonderful game.

ChaosGames
ChaosGames

just saw it, it is on the list now. someone with the update should try it.

kambion313
kambion313

you know PS3 doesnt play a large amount of PS2 games and even less PS1 games???? heres to emulation

superveka
superveka

wtf what about the best xbox game the chronicles of riddick

eagledare
eagledare

Guess what GS this sh*t is OLD NEWS. Update your retarded rumor articles please.

MR_Paperweight
MR_Paperweight

Hopefully there will be BC for Xmen Legends and Rise of, instead of another Barbie game.

gamnedude64
gamnedude64

They need to add brother in arms to the bc list

Trogeton
Trogeton

Morrowind, and JSRF and would be nice.. JSRF was my first xbox game, well double game disc other was Sega GT2002 but that one is..LOL

Cloud737
Cloud737

Heh, pretty incompetent of MS to post a list that should have been a secret until the time came. But that`s actually a good thing (in this case) for gamers. :D

pungaboy
pungaboy

Ultimate Spider-man! WOOT!

larry7
larry7

zeigzero zeigzero larry7 after reading this bit of news, absolutly no one should be bashing sony in their effort to make their full PS library BC. which is what? 90%-95% compatible among two generation of consoles (PS1 & PS2) BTW - http://www.gamevideos.com/video/id/7990 What's better, a lack of library support, or a lack of anti-aliasing? well FYI i really don't care about anti ailasing. there are some ps1 and ps2 games that i still need to play. graphics does not drive me to play a game, its gameplay and a damn good story. luckily for me and many other PS fans we don't really have to wait to play the mojority of games that've become greatest hits. i say "TO HELL WITH ANTI-AILASING" give me a great library of games or give me an 360=death. lol.

GothaChu
GothaChu

Where is Street Fighter Anniversary Collection?

crazy_boy166
crazy_boy166

hey im still surprise that they r still working on the compatibility list

umbrae
umbrae

Too late MS... I already STEAMed it.

wedgee
wedgee

I want to play Conker!!!!! who is with me ?

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

all true fighting fans rejoice b/c doau is on list. Many people complained about that saying that ms wanted doa4 to profit. this proves otherwise. now we just need jsrf(unlikely since it did commercially bad although it was well recieved by fans and people who got it in bundle) and street fighter anniversery which is also unlikely b/c of hyper fighting already on live.

theKSMM
theKSMM

Those of you who are complaining about backwards compatibility obviously have little idea of what it takes to accomplish it. If you or your friends are such hardcore coders, then download and get to work on emulators for all your favorite platforms. See if you can get a working product to build before the 3rd version of the XBOX arrives. Simply put, Nintendo created or . Trying to get code you don't (the games) own to run on emulated hardware that you don't own (e.g. a Pentium III CPU) is incredibly difficult. The fact that they got any games at all working is amazing to me. And for the record, stop confusing Virtual Console and XBOX Live! Arcade with emulation. Most of those games are ported. And the code is much simpler, so it's less of a chore. The reason those games are slow to come out isn't a technical one, it's mostly due to licensing issues.

leonkennedyuk
leonkennedyuk

What about Outrun2; it's criminal that this appears to have been overlooked again!

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

psyconauts would be a good addition to the list

Johnston322
Johnston322

what about timesplitters 2 and 3???? The greatest achievement man has ever made into a video game was making those two games.

Disciple_Gamer
Disciple_Gamer

These games better make it way to the BC List. NFL 2K5 Panzer Dragoon Orta The rest of the Prince of Persia series Street Fighter 15th Anniversary others listed in this thread NUFF SAID. MICROSOFT PLEASE GET PRIORITIES IN CHECK.

fiercedeity901
fiercedeity901

DEUS EX: INVISIBLE WAR....thats the only game i want to be BC right now, my computer sucks too much to play it and it's only 6 bucks at EB for the xbox version

mr_pops238
mr_pops238

I hope someone from microsoft reads this: I want Shenmue 2 backwards compatible!!!!! The only thing keeping me from buying the 360 is shenmue 2 not being on the list. If you put it on, ill buy a 360. Until that happens, ill stick with the last gen systems.

julz_diamondz
julz_diamondz

What about Panzer Dragoon Orta and Conker? Those are the best exclusive Xbox games.

ConManWithGun
ConManWithGun

now all they need is kung-fu chaos and 360 would be the awesomest game ever

finalcross
finalcross

I traded in my copy of Panzer Dragoon Orta a while ago, but the moment it is finally given the BC Checkmark, I will hunt down a copy

RenegadeYayap
RenegadeYayap

I saw this coming so I just kept my XBOX. That way not only do I not have to wait for Microsoft to update my games but I wont have to beat them all over again either.

Flawie
Flawie

Ive been wanting to play through Fahrenheit again for some time now. I was shocked when it didnt work on my 360. Fix it !

tooldust
tooldust

three words: PANZER DRAGOON ORTA!

Gangway1
Gangway1

I am still waiting for Panzer Dragoon Orta, anyone else feel the same way?

pigman239
pigman239

conker live and reloaded FTW!! zOMG..

AwesomeIRL
AwesomeIRL

I'm surprised at the lack of Breakdown and Guilty Gear

bossjimbob
bossjimbob

Quote: hendrix29 "Why is there never any love for morrowind, its my favorite game on the xbox that isnt BC." Tell me about it. Though after playing Oblivion to death, it's hard not to feel like you're slumming it when playing Morrowind. If only Bethesda would redo Morrowind with the Oblivion engine (complete with action RPG combat) and record all the voices. That would be some game....

Gangway1
Gangway1

I am still waiting for Panzer Dragoon Orta to become backwards compatable, anyone elese feel the same way?

AlbertWesker316
AlbertWesker316

I am a big fighting game fan,i really wanna see capcom vs snk 2 and guilty gear xx reloaded! kaziechameleon i really really want some of the best games for the 360 the be on the next list, like the rest of the POP games, psychonauts, UC2, the list goes on and on. but you know what microsoft the biggest software giant in the world can't handle it. nintendo does 4 emulations a week, WTFRE@K is microsoft doin. they can't emulate, i know punk kids that can emulate better than them. Theres a big difference between games like bonks adventure,and ninja gaiden black, i can see why they take a while to emulate,i would rather have them taker their time and emulate them properly then end up with a game like ninja gaiden again!

Rainbowsix21
Rainbowsix21

I kept my old Xbox so is does not matter to me much. Still MS need to pick up the pace with more games.

mannholloway1
mannholloway1

As soon as they add Psyconaught ESPNNFL2K5 and ADvent rising I can toss my X-box

nass
nass

If this is true I think Microsoft have the heart inside them that is telling them to do this for the children

gamerTag-shank
gamerTag-shank

Psychonauts absolutely NEEDS to be made bc. Along with Beyond Good and Evil, Chronicles of RIddick, Indigo Prophesy, and Enclave.