At Gamescom 2015 Microsoft were once against showing their commitment to backwards compatibility. Revealing which publishers had shown interest in their games being added, one that was significant by its absence was Activision.
With Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 currently taking the lead on Xbox’s backwards compatibility game requests and other Call of Duty games being high on the list it is clear that fans of the game do want them added. So why are Activision reluctant to allow this?
Looking at Microsoft’s Aaron Greenberg’s response when asked about the Call of Duty games, he had this to say:
— Aaron Greenberg (@aarongreenberg) August 4, 2015
Just from this comment it is pretty clear that Microsoft would love to add these games to the list, all they are waiting for is Activision’s permission. When Backwards Compatibility finally becomes an official part of Xbox One in November, perhaps we’ll see them on the list.
Activision have already stated that they are thinking about the issue, but obviously fans want more than this. We’ll have to see if closer to the release of Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 maybe backwards compatibility could be used as a good marketing tool.
What makes this interesting of course is the changing of the exclusivity deal from Xbox to Playstation, could this be a reason for the reluctance?
This is purely speculation of course, but with Activision wanting to put a focus on the Sony consoles now getting preferential treatment, would allowing backwards compatibility for Xbox One consoles overshadow this slightly?
Is there more to Activision’s reluctance when it comes to backwards compatibility? Let us know your thoughts below.