The first Dark Souls will be supported by Xbox One‘s backwards compatibility and be available for free with digital pre-orders of Dark Souls 3 on Microsoft’s consoles, according to the Australian Xbox Marketplace. The listing was spotted by Reddit users, but has since been removed.
The game’s publisher, Bandai Namco, has not yet officially confirmed backwards compatibility support or the pre-order bonus.
Support for From Software’s dark-fantasy RPG has been highly sought-after by fans, who will no doubt be keen to utilise the console’s in-built streaming functionality. The first two games in the series are incredibly popular among Twitch streamers and both have a healthy multiplayer community.
Dark Souls 3 launches on April 12 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Speaking in an interview with GameSpot, Dark Souls creator Hidetaka Miyazaki indicated he wants to bring the Souls saga to a close with the third game. Miyazaki, who is now chief executive of From Software, said the studio needs to aggressively pursue new ideas. Read GameSpot’s full Dark Souls 3 interview with Miyazaki here.
On February 7, Rockstar Games’ Red Dead Redemption became available to download and play on Xbox One, indicating it would be officially added to the backwards compatibility library. Microsoft quickly removed the ability to acquire the game and said it was mistakenly made available.
“Microsoft tests all Xbox 360 games with our [backwards compatibility] emulator to ensure a quality experience across a breadth of titles,” said Microsoft’s Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb. “Due to an error, some of the games currently in test were accidentally made available. We have since removed access to those games, and apologize for any confusion this may have caused. We will have more information on upcoming releases soon.”
In December 2015, Microsoft said it plans to reveal the next batch of Xbox 360 games playable on Xbox One through backwards compatibility “very soon.” It may be that both Dark Souls and Red Dead Redemption are among the new additions.