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Microsoft Reportedly Getting Close To Backward Compatibility Solution For Multi-Disc Games

by Mike Futter on Dec 21, 2015 at 08:05 AM

When Microsoft announced its Xbox One December backward compatibility update, a few titles stood out. One of those was the source of some confusion though, thanks to it having been released in two different versions.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution met solid critical and fan reception when it launched, but one part stuck out as incongruous. After giving players a great deal of choice throughout the game, boss battle railroaded people into open combat. For those that de-emphasized combat while customizing, this caused unfortunate difficulty spikes.

A Director’s Cut was released, and many players were curious about whether that will work as part of the backward compatibility program. Unfortunately, that version won’t work, at least not yet.

That version of the game, which is desirable because it completely retools the boss fights, is a multi-disc game. As you might recall, the Xbox team hasn’t yet implemented a way to play those via backward compatibility.

There’s good news, though. The official Deus Ex Twitter account suggests that a fix is closer than we thought.

Based on the tweet, it seems that the DLC that adds a chapter to the game closer to the end isn’t yet working. This is curious, as Microsoft previously indicated that add-on content like this should be compatible.

We’ve reached out to Microsoft this morning for clarification and confirmation. We’ll update should we receive a response.

[Source: Deus Ex on Twitter]


Our Take
When Microsoft cracks this particular problem, we’re likely to see some big titles become compatible. I’m eager for both Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3 to arrive (and I’m not alone). Later in the Xbox 360’s life, more games needed to ship on multiple discs. Being able to include those in the list would greatly enhance the feature’s value.