Red Dead Redemption will be backwards compatible on Xbox One, for reals this time

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Red Dead Redemption, the super popular Rockstar game that the “won’t someone think of the children” scaremongers don’t seem to know about, is coming to Xbox One via backwards compatibility this weekend.

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They’re too busy freaking out about Grand Theft Auto taking all our jobs, or whatever.

If you’re having a weird sense of deja vu, that’s because Red Dead Redemption has appeared on the Xbox Marketplace as a backwards compatible title before, but in a massive case of “take backsies”, Microsoft admitted it was a mistake. At the time Microsoft’s Major Nelson, real name Larry Hryb, said they were testing the game on the Xbox One’s Xbox 360 emulator and it accidentally appeared for sale.

But fret not for today’s news is the real thing, as it comes from Hyrb himself on Twitter.

Hyrb says Friday is the release day, so it’s safe to assume it will be sometime Saturday for us here in Australia. As with other backwards compatible Xbox 360 games, Red Dead Redemption can be accessed either by purchasing the game digitally through the Marketplace or by inserting a disc copy into the console, validating ownership and downloading a copy from there.

So now’s as a good a time as any to replay, or experience for the first time, the epic Western adventure, and for my fellow editor Charlie to relive all his traumatic memories from it. Seriously, I still hear him have day-terrors about it around the office.

Here’s hoping Red Dead’s revival means that a sequel is on the horizon…

Think of the children with Tom on Twitter: @tomdheath. For more gaming stuff, follow LoadScreen on Twitter, @load_screen, and Facebook. 

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