Can you feel life moving through your mind?
With word from Xbox’s very own Larry Hryb, “Major Nelson” himself has revealed today that the Xbox Live Arcade version of Sonic Adventure 2 is at last Xbox One Backward Compatible. Those who previously owned the remastered HD edition of this classic on Xbox 360 can recover the digital download at no extra cost; those interested in picking it up can do so for $9.99/£6.75/9,49€.
Earth Defense Force 2017 and Sonic Adventure 2 are coming to Xbox One Backward Compatibility today https://t.co/qPMRNrLoTQ pic.twitter.com/Ytk8hsyCts
— [ ? Larry Hryb ] (@majornelson) November 30, 2017
Sonic Adventure 2 first launched for the SEGA Dreamcast in 2001 before being ported to the Nintendo GameCube the following year as Sonic Adventure 2: Battle. The game featured Hero and Dark story modes—where you could respectively save the world as Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles, or conquer it as Eggman, and the newly introduced Shadow and Rouge—and a Chao Garden where players could sink countless hours into raising adorable AI creatures known as Chao.
With SA2, all retro Sonic games brought onto the Xbox Live Arcade have now been brought up to speed on the Xbox One, thanks to Microsoft’s backward compatibility initiative for the platform. Barring Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, the only Xbox 360 Sonic titles remaining to be ported over to Xbox One are the retail releases:
- Sonic the Hedgehog (2006);
- SEGA Superstars Tennis;
- Sonic Unleashed;
- Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing;
- Sonic Generations.
I wouldn’t expect Sonic Free Riders in its original state to make the cut, however, due to incompatibility issues between the Kinect and the Xbox One’s backward compatibility setup.
Although Microsoft is also pushing for a curated list of original Xbox games… so I suppose we can cross our fingers and hope for Sonic Heroes, Shadow the Hedgehog, and Sonic Riders as well!