Following in the footsteps of recent additions Grand Theft Auto IV and Hitman: Absolution, another pair of big Xbox 360 titles have joined the Xbox One Backwards Compatibility program. Future Games With Gold offering Borderlands 2 and late-franchise sequel Assassin’s Creed Rogue highlight the latest batch of additions.
Originally released in 2014, Assassin’s Creed Rogue was launched alongside the technically flawed Assassin’s Creed Unity. Unlike that game, though, this iteration of the franchise was only released on last-gen consoles and Windows PC. Those that already moved on from the 360 may have missed their first chance at it, but now all Xbox One owners can step into the shoes of Assassin turned Templar Shay Patrick Cormac. If you’re intrigued, you can find our original review here.
As previously mentioned, we already knew that Borderlands 2 was getting the backwards compatibility treatment due to its placement in the March Games With Gold line-up. Those that already own the title, though, can begin playing Gearbox Software’s acclaimed team-based first-person shooter on the Xbox One immediately. The game is also playable on current-gen consoles through the previously released Borderlands: The Handsome Collection.
In addition to those two sequels, four Xbox Arcade titles also received backwards compatibility support this week. Perhaps the most notable offering in this bunch is The King of Fighters 2002 Unlimited Match, which is one of the better received entries in SNK’s long-running fighting franchise.
Other additions include the well-received Space Invaders Infinity Gene, PopCap Games’ Gyromancer and side-scrolling platformer Moon Diver. All in all, this is a very eclectic group of additions to the burgeoning Xbox One backwards compatible line-up. The program continues to be a major benefit to owners of the consoles, and with Nintendo and Sony not doing the same, it remains a unique Microsoft incentive.
With plenty of Xbox 360 titles yet to get the treatment, let’s hope that the Xbox One Backwards Compatibility program continues to thrive into 2017.