A gaffe just outed Red Dead Redemption for Xbox One backwards compatibility

It's since been superseded by several Call of Duty games, but for a while, Rockstar's cowboy masterpiece was the most requested game for Xbox One backwards compatibility. It looks like the tens of thousands who put their votes behind John Marston are about to get their reward.

As pointed out by Eurogamer, those who'd bought Red Dead Redemption as a digital download were briefly able to install and play it on their Xbox Ones over the weekend (by following a cheeky little workaround). After a few hours, the game was taken down, with Major Nelson taking to Twitter to explain the mistake:

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Now, testing doesn't guarantee that the game is definitely coming - although reports from those who managed to play the game suggest that it was working pretty smoothly - nor does it guarantee that it's coming any time soon (Rockstar might choose to release it when they have something new to bundle it with, for example). That said, it seems pretty safe to say that it's very much on the agenda.

As are some other games: players were able to gain access to Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Alan Wake's American Nightmare, Halo Wars, Left 4 Dead 2 and Tekken Tag Tournament 2 over the weekend. That's quite the line-up.

With backwards compatible games now coming when they're ready, rather than on a monthly schedule, we'll likely see one or all of these simply pop up one day, like a lone ranger on the horizon. Keep a watch.

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Joe Skrebels
Joe first fell in love with games when a copy of The Lion King on SNES became his stepfather in 1994. When the cartridge left his mother in 2001, he turned to his priest - a limited edition crystal Xbox - for guidance. And now he's here.