Halo Anniversary, Halo 3, ODST, and Halo 4 Coming to Xbox One Backwards Compatibility

Microsoft has announced a couple of new additions to the Xbox One backwards compatibility list of games.

The new games include none other than: Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST, Halo 4, and Halo: CE Anniversary. It’s worth mentioning these releases will include story campaigns, online multiplayer, and all map downloadable content.

Here’s a rundown on the new releases, via Microsoft:

The Xbox One’s list of backward compatible titles has grown by leaps and bounds since the initial wave of games came out in 2015, with nearly three hundred Xbox 360 titles currently supported. Today we’re thrilled to announce four more very special additions coming later this year to the Xbox One back-compat program: Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST, Halo 4, and Halo: CE Anniversary!

Each of these games will include campaign and multiplayer, and will even support LAN play on Xbox One – including LAN play between Xbox One and Xbox 360! Once released, you’ll be able to pop in your original disc or purchase a digital copy of the game via the Xbox Store and jump right in.

Best of all, once these titles are added to the program, every Xbox 360 Halo add-on map pack in the Xbox Store will be made available for free, ensuring you have everything you need to achieve maximum enjoyment in online matchmaking or custom games. We know this is something you’ve been asking for, and we’re excited to make these map packs available for all players.

We’ll have more details on the release timing soon but in the meantime, join us at RTX Austin 2017 for an exclusive hands-on preview with Halo 3 and Halo 3: ODST running on Xbox One!

Brandon Orselli


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  • Uncle Ocelot

    Aren’t these all in the Master Chief Collection already? I guess it’s cool for people who don’t have it.

  • DrearierSpider

    MCC is still has a lot of problems. Tried playing split screen online at a friend’s years after release and it still took at least a dozen attempts to let me login to a guest account and join a match. I can see why some people would want to stick with the original versions, even if they aren’t 60 fps.

  • Uncle Ocelot

    Jesus, they still haven’t fixed it?

  • Espio419

    That’s fucking hilarious.

  • Yeah. Pretty sure that is the point.

  • They did fix them. Pretty sure Drearier’s problems are his own… or they are lying. I played through all the campaigns in split-screen co-op about 4 months after initial release with zero problems.

  • Zombie_Barioth

    I would imagine there’s a lot of people who still have the originals and therefore see no point in getting the Master Chief Collection.

    LAN between the current and old system is a neat little addition, I wouldn’t have expected that, let alone reviving the online service. They could just as well have kept that as a selling point for MCC.

  • Logan Preston Stein

    CE Anniversary is disc-only, right?