Is it coincidental, or is Microsoft preparing for something? (Game Pass as a name is another suspicious topic, which we discussed today.)
Buying games digitally have their downsides: if you lose access to your account, you can bid a farewell to the games. Or, if the game gets entirely removed from the digital store, you can no longer play that. And it’s not common to see removed games get relisted, but many Xbox 360 games have seen this happen the other day.
„I’m guessing Microsoft is working on some backend backwards compatibility (BC) stuff in preparation for Xbox Series X but not sure if they intended to relist some delisted BC games. Megaton feature though: we can use our Microsoft credit on Xbox BC games without having to use an Xbox 360, finally,” Wario64 wrote on Twitter.
On Reddit, we found a list of the games, and in brackets, we mention when the game got delisted: Axel & Pixel, Babel Rising (2016), Battlefield 2: Modern Combat (Brazil only…?), Burnout Paradise (February 2018), Cabela’s Dangerous Hunts 2013, Cabela’s Hunting Expeditions, Deadly Premonition, DiRT 3 (21 December 2016), Fuel, Greg Hastings Paintball 2, Grid 2 (August 2019), Jurassic Park: The Game, Le Tour de France 2009, Le Tour de France 2011 (UK only), Mad Tracks, Midnight Club: Los Angeles (October 2018), Motocross Madness (August 2016), Operation Flashpoint: Red River, Overlord (December 2018), Pure, Runner2, Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X. (August 26, 2015), Silent Hill: Downpour (January 5, 2015), Syndicate.
Yes, the currently (!!!) newest Silent Hill game is also included in this list. Interestingly, the game is not available on the PlayStation Store, meaning Silent Hill: Downpour (which was made by a Czech studio called Vatra Games that quickly went bankrupt after the game flopped) can only be legally acquired digitally via the Microsoft Store, as there’s no PC version…
Wario64 added that it’s not sure that buying the game will get you an Xbox 360 license, so spending might not result in you in being capable of playing the game. We have yet to see how this situation evolves.
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