The Xbox One Backwards Compatibility program is exclusive to the Microsoft console and has helped to bolster its exclusive 2017 lineup.
While the games that are released can’t necessarily be categorised as new, they have helped create a buzz every week for fans looking for the next title launched.
Currently, fans are hungering over Call of Black Ops 2, a major Xbox 360 title missing from the completed Backwards Compatible games list.
There is currently no word on when the popular COD game may be released on Xbox One via the Backwards Compatible emulator, however, an update of sorts on the subject has been provided.
Bill Stillwell from the Xbox Platform team talked more on the subject with fans on Twitter, explaining: “Lately, there has been another surge in the "We want BOII!!!" tweets. With lots of continued angst and concern over why there is no answer. Combined with the lull in releases for BC overall, I wanted to give more context directly, hence this "wordy" reply.
“First, it is important to remember that BC releases have always ebbed and flowed. Just like the industry, some months are loaded, and others are pretty light. We are still 100% committed to the program. I expect big releases in the near future. But unlike the holiday season, big bi-weekly releases of titles are unlikely to happen each and every month.
“Yes, I know the upcoming titles, what issues we have with each one (technical or not), and the runway before they launch. I'm still very confident in this year's plan, and that we'll see happy customers in the future. Beyond that, it is not my place to communicate those plans. Especially when it involves someone else's IP.
“Releasing a big/popular game, even as a re-release into the BC program, is a heavily orchestrated event. Publishers often have target dates that coincide With other initiatives, such as sales, or related titles, and they want to maximise the release.
“We also have long-term business relationships, and want them to continue to deliver great news games to the console for many years. It makes no sense to jeopardise that business relationship for a short-term boost.
“Additionally, I can't understate the complexity Of the non-technical part of this. We are in some cases reviewing licensing agreements that are a decade old, evaluating the impact of new technology on those agreements, and then negotiating with a host of Other parties for terms to get renewed/changed. This is not a quick process most times.”
There has also been a lot of pondering among fans on the subject of Call of Duty Black Ops 2 appearing on the PS4 games list as well.
Certain Xbox One Backwards Compatibility games being launched have apparently sparked the release of older PS3 games on the PlayStation Now service.
The most recent would be Red Dead Redemption, arriving alongside the Undead Nightmare expansion in December last year.