In order to celebrate its 300th game available as part of the Xbox One backwards compatibility program, Microsoft will allow players download a free game. Lost Odyssey, one of the few JRPGs for Xbox 360, can be added to Xbox Live subscribers’ libraries for free before December 31, 2016.
Additionally, Blue Dragon, another JRPG for 360, is now available for download in the Xbox store as part of the backwards compatibility program, but it’s not offered free of charge.
This morning Xbox head Phil Spencer said almost half of all Xbox One owners take advantage of the Xbox 360 backwards compatible feature introduced to the system.
When both games were originally added to the backwards compatibility program, playing them required the original disc, Major Nelson said. Also, Microsoft was able to engineer a solution allowing the games to be made “available digitally in the Xbox 360 Marketplace.”
Both games are the work of Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi’s Mistwalker Studios, and are unmistakably JRPGs, something of a rare site on Microsoft’s last-gen console.
Lost Odyssey and Blue Dragon can both be downloaded from the Xbox 360 Marketplace, with Blue Dragon currently priced at $20 USD.