Yesterday, Xbox Live’s Major Nelson announced that Rockstar Games’ cult-classic title Red Dead Redemption would finally join the growing list of Xbox One backward compatibles titles this Friday. Since Microsoft accidentally made the game briefly playable on the Xbox One earlier in February before pulling it back, it seems that a lot of fans have been looking forward to play it as Polygon reports today that the sales of the western action-adventure have increased 5,838 percent on Amazon since yesterday.
As you can see in the screenshot below, Red Dead Redemption’s Game of the Year Edition (which includes all the game’s DLCs) jumped from the No. 1,544 item in Amazon’s video games category to number 26, which is definitely a first for a Xbox 360 backward compatible game. Moreover, the standard version of the game has jumped from number 690 to 55 in this same category on Amazon.
If you’re looking for a great open-world game with fantastic artistic direction, then we strongly recommend you to get this game for your Xbox One. If you missed it, Red Dead Redemption is currently discounted during Microsoft’s Ultimate Game sale and you can get it for $10.49 from the Xbox Store (or $7.49 for Xbox Live Gold subscribers) until July 11. However, if you want to get the Xbox 360 game plus all its DLCs then the $25.49 Game Of the Year Edition from Amazon is more bang for your buck. Be aware that Amazon is selling the physical version of the game, though the Xbox One Backward Compatibility feature also works with physical discs.
Overall, this is great news for both Rockstar Games and Microsoft and we hope that more Xbox 360 backward compatible games will get this kind of momentum in the future. This could well encourage more publishers to make their games playable on the Xbox One, even if some of them may be more inclined to release remastered version of their games for next-gen consoles.
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