Xbox apologizes and pulls Red Dead Redemption backwards compatibility

After a flurry of excitement and confusion, Microsoft pulls Rockstar’s popular western from Xbox One.

On Saturday afternoon, gamers discovered that by digging through friend’s profiles on Xbox One, you could stumble into a store page for Red Dead Redemption where you could download and play the game if you owned it digitally.


As gaming networks picked up the story, it quickly caught the attention of Microsoft. By Sunday morning, the exploit would no longer allow Xbox One gamers to download the title. Those who managed to download the game are now greeted with an update prompt that doesn’t allow Red Dead to launch. Some have noted that if you put your Xbox One in “offline” mode, the game will launch normally.

Over 24 hours later, Xbox Live’s Major Nelson took to Reddit and later Twitter to address the “error.”

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As quickly as it came, the ability to download and play the third most requested game on the Xbox back compat request site vanished. Based on the Major’s comment, it’s likely that Red Dead Redemption as well as other titles will reemerge on Xbox One in the coming weeks, so don’t fret too much if you weren’t fast enough to snag the download this weekend.


Did you manage to download Red Dead Redemption this weekend? Do you think it was right for Xbox to remove the ability to download the game on Xbox, or should they have left it up for those who already bought the game?


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