After months of demand, Rockstar finally announced on Twitter that Red Dead Redemption is coming to Xbox’s Backwards Compatibility program this Friday (July 8).
The Western adventure, originally released back in 2010, will be available on Xbox One if you have a copy of the Xbox 360 version, whether it be the standard edition, Game of The Year, or the zombified Undead Nightmare version.
Luckily for Xbox owners without a copy, it’s currently on sale in the Xbox Ultimate Game Sale until July 11, with Gold members receiving the title at a greater discount. Over on Amazon, Red Dead Redemption sales have increased by over 6,000% since the reveal yesterday.
The second instalment in the Red Dead series follows former outlaw John Marston as he travels across the Wild West and Mexico on the path for justice. Duels, shootouts and riding across the plains make up most of your playtime. Obviously with hogtying women to train tracks dotted around in there somewhere (you do get an achievement for doing just that).
Developed by Rockstar San Diego, the fan-favourite came out third in an poll on the Xbox Feedback site asking players what games they would like to see in the Backwards Compatibility scheme, only coming behind first-place Black Ops II (178,820 votes) and runner-up The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (162,306 votes), with Red Dead Redemption gaining 148,567 votes.
This all comes after the official release was accidentally uncovered earlier this year due to an error on the Xbox Store, which was quickly resolved by Microsoft.
A sequel is also rumoured to be in the pipeline after leaks involving concept art and a shot of the map surfaced a couple of months ago.
So you’d better dust off your cowboy hat, don your best Western outfit (toothpick required), and saddle up!
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