Xbox Boss Talks Backwards Compatibility Ambitions

Will Black Ops II ever come to the program?


The Xbox One's backwards compatibility feature has been a big hit, players collectively spending more than 145 million hours playing Xbox 360 games on Xbox One since the feature landed in November 2015. Part of the reason why the program has been so successful may come down to the fact that Microsoft has steadily added new games to the catalog, including much-requested ones like Red Dead Redemption and Call of Duty: Black Ops.

Now, Xbox boss Phil Spencer has shared a little more insight into his ambitions for the program. Asked on Twitter if Call of Duty: Black Ops II was going to be added to the catalog, Spencer didn't confirm one way or the other. Instead, he said, "I like the progress on [backwards compatibility]," he said. "We'd like to have all and work on [third-party] games is always a partnership with publisher."

Call of Duty: Black Ops II
Call of Duty: Black Ops II

There is certainly demand for Black Ops II to be added to the catalog. The 2012 shooter from Treyarch is currently the most-requested game for inclusion on the Xbox Feedback site, with more than 193,000 votes. There are no guarantees, however, that Black Ops II or any other community-requested title will ever come to the program. As Spencer said, publishers get to make the call.

Black Ops II wouldn't be the first Call of Duty title in the Xbox One backwards compatibility catalog, as Call of Duty 2, Call of Duty 3, Call of Duty: Black Ops, and Call of Duty: World at War are already in. You can see all 250-plus backwards compatibility games here.

Just this week, Microsoft added four more games to the Xbox One backwards compatibility catalog, including Jurassic Park: The Game, Battlestations: Midway, Dragon's Lair, and Tour de France 2011.

What games would you like to see added to the Xbox One backwards compatibility program? Let us know in the comments below.

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