Whisperings that Xbox may be about to re-open its Backwards Compatibility program have grown louder after new listings for several original Xbox games have come to light.
Listings for several original Xbox titles were updated on the old Xbox Live Marketplace section of the company’s website by lawyer Bruno Costa on Twitter. They include several Rockstar games, including Max Payne and its sequel, Red Dead Revolver and Manhunt. Also listed are the first three Dead or Alive games, Munch’s Oddysee, Star Wars Clone Wars, Star Wars Episode 3 and Thrillville.
It is notable that each of these listings are dated November 10, 2021 with the exception of one. Dead or Alive 3, specifically, appears to be dated for Monday November 15. That happens to be the same date that Xbox has announced for its special 20th Anniversary broadcast, which would be a very appropriate event to make the reveal. Adding fuel to the fire, none of these games are currently supported by the Xbox Backwards Compatibility scheme.
For their part, Xbox are staying tight lipped for now. Back in May of 2020 the company said they would “continue to listen to feedback from the community on additional titles (they) would like to see added to the compatibility program”.
Could this be the start of a new wave of classic titles (we’d like Max Payne 3 too please, if you’re listening) coming to Xbox? Looks like we might have to wait until Monday at 6pm UK time to find out.
Three years later, some new games were suspiciously added to the old Xbox marketplace:
– Dead or Alive 1, 2 and 3
– Max Payne 1 and 2
– Oddworld: Munch's Odyssee
– Red Dead Revolver
– Star Wars Clone Wars and Episode III
Anyone hyped for Monday? pic.twitter.com/ssUfnmU3OA
— Bruno Costa (@brunocosta1_) November 11, 2021