Almost as soon as Microsoft announced backward compatibility for Xbox One, fans started demanding Rockstar Games make a new, playable version of Red Dead Redemption. For a brief period over the weekend, it appeared the publisher had given us what we wanted, with an Xbox One version of the game downloadable via Xbox Live… but now, Microsoft has yoinked it away from us, claiming the release was “a mistake”.
Xbox Live director of programming Larry Hryb explains:
Microsoft tests all Xbox 360 games with our emulator to ensure a quality experience across a breadth of titles. Due to an error, some of the games currently in test were accidentally made available.
We have since removed access to those games, and apologize for any confusion this may have caused. We will have more information on upcoming releases soon.
So, uh… act surprised when Microsoft finally unveils the inevitable?
Red Dead Redemption is currently playable on Xbox 360 and PS3 – rumours of a PS4 version accompanying the Xbox One release are also doing the rounds. Rockstar Games, as is tradition, is keeping very (very) quiet on the topic.