After many teases and false starts, Red Dead Redemption will finally become backwards compatible this Friday, July 8, 2016.
The game has been the most requested title for the surface since its announcement at E3 2015. The news was broken by Rockstar themselves on Twitter. They further elaborated on the news on their forums, stating that any version of the Xbox 360 title will work on Xbox One whether it be the original, Undead Nightmare, or the Game of Year Edition. It will also be available for purchase and download via the Xbox store.
The original game, first released in 2010 was incredibly well received by fans and critics alike. It told the story of John Marston, a former outlaw who is forced to work with the government in order to save his wife and son. He wandered through the arid deserts of the Southern United States and Mexico, carrying out odd jobs and meeting even odder characters.
The gameplay was very similar to Rockstar’s own GTA series but switched out sports cars for steeds and an automatic pistol for a trusty six-shooter. While the core gameplay was similar, riding out into the vast desert, just you and your horse, was a much different experience, allowing for a much different tone.
Not only this, but there were plenty of systems to mess around with. Lassoing unsuspecting denizens of the world and dragging them behind a horse or tieing them to train tracks never got old.
Rumors have been fluttering about for some time that a Red Dead sequel was near, but despite several leaks we still don’t have any confirmation. The games appearance on Xbox backwards compatibility might mean that we will finally get a sequel to one of the best open world games of the past ten years.
Red Dead Redemption backwards compatibility will be available to all who own the original game disc or purchase it on the Xbox Store on July 8.