Ever since the inception of the Xbox One Backwards Compatibility program there have been a certain set of games that fans just keep asking for. Some of these have eventually come out, such as Red Dead Redemption, GTA IV, and some Call of Duty games. But others have still eluded fans, including Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. With so many asking for the game to release, rumors were bound to swirl about when it might come out, but according to Xbox’s Phil Spencer the current ones are wrong, and we won’t see the game for a while.
The rumors were put to him on Twitter by a fan, asking first if Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 would hit Xbox One Backwards Compatibility some time next week. He quickly responded that it would not, which prompted further probing about whether the game would arrive any time this month, extending the deadline by just over a week. Spencer replied saying, “I can’t comment on later releases on 3P [third party] games but rumors on this right now aren’t true. Sorry. I wish I had better news for you.”
Phil Spencer is probably in the best position to comment on what games are and are not arriving on Xbox One Backwards Compatibility, so if he says that Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 isn’t coming this month, you should probably believe it. He does say that he can’t really comment on third party releases, but Xbox is still involved in the process at many points, so while he likely prefers not to comment, he obviously can, as he did here.
Black Ops 2 is beloved by millions of gamers, with many clinging to the game despite multiple newer releases in the series. Getting it back in playable form on Xbox One would be great for the community, though it might hurt the player numbers for Infinite Warfare and Modern Warfare Remastered. Still, it shouldn’t be too bad that Activision will avoid making the game, so now it’s just a matter of waiting for them to get around to it.