Each generation of games has their own set of classics, certain titles that rise above the rest in popularity. Sometimes, those titles end up just a memory or something you play at the cabin, however thanks to backwards comparability, we’re seeing more and more opportunities to keep past generations of gaming alive. Now, it’s not like MW3 and Oblivion are relics of some ancient time, but they’ve both been followed-up by new entries into their respective franchises, and don’t necessarily get the shine they deserve from people who missed out on them the first time around.
Somebody working on the Xbox Store seems to have let out some big news, by showing a slew of Xbox 360 games that look like they’re going to become backwards compatible soon. Along with Modern Warfare 3 and Oblivion, the early look at their Black Friday sale featured Fallout New Vegas and the DLC, Alan Wake’s American Nightmare,. Call of Duty 2 (with the box art of Just Cause 2), and more.
But don’t get too excited just yet. Shortly after, Xbox’s Major Nelson said that this was just an error that somebody made. It seems strange to include this specific list of games in the marketplace just to call it an error, but the word “error” in and of itself doesn’t necessarily mean these games aren’t getting backwards compatibility, so you have to wonder if somebody is going to get in trouble over this.
For the most part, these are games that people are going to be eager to get their hands on, and it’s not like Microsoft hates money. The question was “Was this an error or did I miss the announcement?” Responding that it was an error doesn’t mean that the games won’t be for sale, it could just mean that showing them for sale this early was the error. Also, if there’s two options, and the person didn’t miss an announcement because there wasn’t one, that only leaves one possible answer.
We’ll know very soon whether Microsoft wants to sell us another copy of MW3 or not. This would be a good opportunity for people who missed out on Oblivion, which countless gamers have poured hundreds of hours into over the years, not to mention the other titles on the list.