Larry Hyrb shared on his Twitter feed that 8 new games have joined the Xbox One backwards compatibility list. Among them are the Obsidian developed Fallout: New Vegas. Also joining the lineup of backwards compatible games is a diverse set of Xbox Live Arcade titles. The full list of new games is:
While the new Phantom Dust has been absent from Microsoft’s last two E3 shows, the IP is most certainly not dead. The reboot might be, but the property will live on in a “remaster” of the original game that was announced after Microsoft’s press briefing. The game will use the original assets, which means it will be an upscaled re-release with modernized features (such as support for the recently announced Xbox Live Arena). The game is expected to release in 2017 and will be a part of Microsoft’s Xbox Play Anywhere initiative, which grants players access to the game on Xbox and Windows 10 when purchased digitally.
Microsoft unveiled a new cinematic teaser for the Creative Assembly developed sequel to 2010’s Halo Wars. Along with the new teaser, the game’s release date was announced. Halo Wars 2 will be available on Xbox One and Windows 10 on February 21, 2017. Players anxious to see what the game will offer can get a taste of Halo Wars 2 with the game’s week-long open beta which is now live on Xbox Live.
No, not Rare – Microsoft is likely to never give them up after the massive investment that purchased the studio back in 2002. The developer of the new Killer Instinct title released on Microsoft’s Xbox One Double Helix has been acquired by Amazon and is a part of their push to “build innovative games for customers.”
The acquisition, unsurprisingly, does not affect Microsoft’s Killer Instinct property which remains theirs; the software giant has also announced that their internal KI team is unaffected and remains dedicated to supporting the game. Microsoft will be working with a new partner going forward to support the Xbox One launch title and any additional entries in the franchise. As a dedicated KI fan, this is the good news. While I was thoroughly pleased with the latest entry in the franchise and commended Double Helix for resurrecting it, I have faith that Microsoft will do well by the fans in curating this fan favorite franchise.
Amazon’s move to acquire a game developer is not terribly surprising given rumors that the online retailer is working on a game console of their own. At this point, it’s unclear if Double Helix will work on more major releases or “full” games or will be restructured to focus on casual games for Amazon’s Kindle Fire line of tablets.