Modern Warfare 3, Oblivion Not Coming to Xbox One Backwards Compatibility, At Least Not Yet
They haven't been ruled out, however.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion are not coming to the Xbox One's backwards compatibility program, at least not yet. Both Xbox 360 titles recently appeared on the Xbox Live Black Friday sale site, described as games that are playable on Xbox One.
Microsoft's Major Nelson confirmed on Twitter that these listings were posted in error. The games have now been removed from the Xbox Live Black Friday sale site.
Modern Warfare 3 and Oblivion have not been ruled out for backwards compatibility, however, so they could come someday. Microsoft already has a relationship with the publishers of both titles, as Activision and Bethesda have games in the backwards compatibility catalog. Call of Duty: Black Ops is among the Call of Duty games already in the catalog, while Doom and Doom II are there as well.
Oblivion ($4.94) and Modern Warfare 3 ($15) are marked down right now as part of Xbox Live's Black Friday sale, which began on November 18. Check out this post to see a rundown of other discounted games.
There are more than 280 games in the Xbox One backwards compatibility program right now; see them all there.
November has been a big month for additions to the catalog. Mass Effect 2, Mass Effect 3, Skate 3, and Blue Dragon were all added. Microsoft's Phil Spencer said at the start of the month that November would be a "great" month for additions to the program.
The Xbox One's backwards compatibility feature launched a year ago this month with the New Xbox One Experience update. In celebration of the birthday, Microsoft recently revealed that people have spent 210 million hours playing Xbox 360 games on Xbox One since the feature launched. This is up from 145 million hours as of August 2016.
In other news about Xbox backwards compatibility, Microsoft engineering lead Mike Ybarra said recently that Project Scorpio will "of course" support backwards compatibility. The console goes on sale in holiday 2017.
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