Microsoft Xbox One backward-compatible games catalog has just hit a landmark 300 figure and the division is celebrating the achievement in style.
The Microsoft game studios, as a way of saying thank you to the fans, is giving away Lost Odyssey for free to all gamers on the game player.
The landmark follows a three-game release by Bioshock franchise whose three new titles are heading to Xbox One backwards compatible library. Gamers will now be able to play the Xbox 360 exclusive titles Bioshock 1, Bioshock 2 and Bioshock Infinite on Xbox One via backward compatibility.
In celebration for crossing the threshold, Microsoft is treating gamers with one JRPG Japanese classic, Lost Odyssey, for free. The sensational title will be free for download and can be played on the console through to December 31, 2016, and may not be available in all regions of the world. The title is one of the two games that Microsoft game studios has managed to find a way to convert into downloadable versions. Lost Odyssey along with Blue Dragon are now available digitally but the latter is not going for free: interested players can now purchase Blue Dragon online. Previously, the two installments were only playable on Xbox One when the gamer had the physical disc for Xbox 360 versions.
Head of Xbox Live, Larry Hryb, popularly known as ‘Major Nelson’ said in his tweet that the free to download title is a way to say thank you to their gaming community. Microsoft’s Xbox division chief, Phil Spencer, also noted that almost half of Xbox One owners have been using the machine to play backward compatible titles. The feature was launched back in 2015 and it allows players to play on the console all games offered for the older Xbox 360. Backward compatibility is simply a program that can interface and use data from the older version of the system.
For starters, you may not understand the excitement in playing Lost Odyssey. For your information, the title alongside Blue Dragon were the first workings by acclaimed game creator Hironobu Sakaguchi who is also the brain behind Final Fantasy. The experienced developer embarked on new projects after leaving Square and the two fascinating titles are the first outcome.
Both Lost Odyssey and Blue Dragon are Japanese role-playing video games published by Microsoft games studios exclusively for Xbox 360 console. The former became backward compatible on September 29 while the later joined in the mix on November 1.
Just a peek on Lost Odyssey, the game is praised for masterpiece written short-text based individual stories by admired Japanese author, Kiyoshi Shigematsu. The title centers on Kaim, an immortal worrier who has suffered memory lapse. The character confronts dangers spawned by the world’s forthcoming magical industrial revolution, he also battles the pain brought about by his returning memories.
Xbox One gamers can now turn to their machines downloaders for the free Lost Odyssey during the Christmas period before it becomes chargeable on the eve of the New Year.