As a sizable portion of the gaming community would most certainly argue, Rockstar Games’ Red Dead Redemption is not only a classic title, but also easily one of the top games of the last generation for PS3 and Xbox 360. Taking this into consideration, those fans who have yet to experience the downright marvelous gameplay and story found within the open world release will be able to do so soon enough on their Xbox One by way of the Microsoft console’s backward compatibility program.
According to an official announcement by the developers at Rockstar Games, Red Dead Redemption fans who owned the title on Xbox 360 will be able to play it on Xbox One this Friday, July 8, 2016. Of course, as previously mentioned, there will be those gamers who haven’t gotten a chance to check it out due to only having an Xbox One, and their opportunity to do so is set on the same date, with the wildly popular western game hitting the Games Store on Microsoft’s current generation system for purchase.
Rockstar Games declares that it doesn’t matter which version of Red Dead Redemption fans own on Xbox 360, whether it’s the standard edition, Undead Nightmare, or the Game of the Year iteration, for as long as they have the base game, it will be available for them to play on the Xbox One. However, the developer didn’t mention what the backward compatible version’s price will be for those without a copy of the title who are looking to purchase a copy.
Without a doubt, Red Dead Redemption has long been one of the most sought-after and requested titles to be ported into Xbox One’s backward compatibility program. However, as explained several months ago by Microsoft group program manager Richard Irving, due to multiple legal hurdles that needed to be dealt with such as licensing issues and litigation fees, it was difficult to make the Wild West sandbox game Xbox One backward compatible.
Nevertheless, it seems as if all of the road blocks standing in between Red Dead Redemption making its way into Xbox One’s backward compatibility program have been removed, giving fans what they wanted all along. Interestingly enough, some gamers were so eager to get a chance to play the title on the current generation system that those who already owned it digitally found a way to do so before it was actually backward compatible.
Naturally, now that Red Dead Redemption is making its way onto Xbox One via backward compatibility in an official capacity, speculation is sure to heat up once again as to whether or not Rockstar Games is planning on announcing the game’s sequel in the near future. Rumors have been piling up that the next installment in the franchise will get revealed sometime this year, but the developer has been relatively quiet on the matter. Despite fans’ desire for its announcement, it was nowhere to be found at E3 2016. Hopefully, though, Red Dead Redemption‘s official involvement with Xbox One’s backward compatibility program is a positive sign of more entries in the series to come.
Red Dead Redemption is out now for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, and will be coming to Xbox One’s backward compatibility program this Friday, July 8, 2016.