It seems news of new titles coming to Microsoft’s Xbox One Backwards Compatibility program just won’t stop. Dark Souls is coming to Xbox One, a message posted to the Xbox website itself reveals.
Microsoft reveals that Dark Souls is coming to the Xbox One Backwards Compatibility program in the digital pre-order details for another title in the series, Dark Souls 3. The Xbox One Backwards Compatibility Program allows Xbox One owners to play games originally made for the Xbox 360. Early on, Microsoft positioned the program as a lure for anyone still holding on to the Xbox 360; Sony charges PS4 owners for access to titles made for its earlier consoles.
Lately, Microsoft has used the Xbox One Backwards Compatibility program to give out special pre-order bonuses in the form of additional games. Dark Souls 3 will become another one of those games, if the pre-order page is an accurate indication of Microsoft’s plans.
A screenshot captured by Kotaku indicates that Dark Souls 3 will come with the original game at no additional charge. “For a limited time, purchase a digital pre-order of Dark Souls 3 on the Xbox Store and get the original Dark Souls playable on Xbox One,” the page says. The page isn’t available on the American Xbox Store website just yet. The outlet unearthed the entry in the version of the Xbox Store that supports Australia and surrounding territories.
The page says that users who purchase Dark Souls 3 through the Xbox Store early will get the code as a message after the purchase. “The code for Dark Souls will be delivered to your Xbox message center within 7-10 days.” Players will need to redeem that code. From then on, Dark Souls for Xbox 360 will remain in their Xbox One games library within My Games and Apps.
The original Dark Souls launched in September of 2011 for Xbox 360, PS3 and Windows PCs. Dark Souls 3 is scheduled to launch on Windows PCs, PS4 and Xbox One on April 12th. Gamers in Japan will get their hands on all versions of the game nearly a month earlier on March 24th.
To be clear, Microsoft doesn’t charge any extra for access to content included in pre-orders. The $99.95 price shown in the screenshot captured this week is due to the difference in pricing for games in Australia and the United States. A basic copy of Dark Souls 3 – Xbox One Backwards Compatibility add-on included – should cost $59.99 in the United States.
Microsoft has yet to confirm that Dark Souls is coming to the Xbox One Backwards Compatibility Program. That’s not particularly surprising given its stance on rumors. Last week games publisher Square Enix revealed Hitman: Absolution is coming to the program. Microsoft has yet to acknowledge that. Red Dead Redemption appeared in the program for download briefing this month before disappearing again. Microsoft confirmed that it was a mistake that brought that game to the Xbox One.
We do know that the company has settled on adding new games to Xbox One Backwards Compatibility when they’re available instead of holding them all for a single announcement.
Any game saves from the original Dark Souls for Xbox 360 stored on Microsoft’s servers will sync the moment the game becomes available to play on Xbox One. Additionally, anyone that’s purchased the game through the Xbox Store for Xbox 360 will notice the game available on Xbox One. Placing a disc copy of Dark Souls into an Xbox One will unlock a digital download for users too. All of this is predicated on the assumption that the Xbox Store, which is the only place to purchase digital games for the Xbox One, is correct about Dark Souls being given out as a pre-order bonus.
Microsoft plans to showcase games coming to the Xbox One and PCs with Xbox Live on Windows on February 25th.