Microsoft adds Dead Space Ignition and Escape Dead Island to Xbox One backward compatible titles

Microsoft announced the Xbox backward compatibility program for Xbox One in June last year; today it has more than 280 titles from the Xbox 360 era – all thanks to the 3rd party developers willing to extend their support.

Yesterday, Major Nelson of the Xbox announced on Twitter that two new titles are joining the Xbox One collection via backward compatibility – Dead Space Ignition, and Escape Dead Island.

Dead Space Ignition

Dead Space Ignition isn’t anything like the rest of Dead Space series – it’s an arcade game developed by Megatube and Sumo Digital, published by EA specifically for the Xbox Live Arcade collection.

The game was a free download for those who pre-ordered Dead Space 2 and is, in fact, set on the Spawl – the same hellish location as Dead Space 2.

The game’s producer, Steve Papoutsis describes the game as an “interactive comic-style game,” which might be a good thing considering the game is written by Antony Johnston – the lead writer of Dead Space games.

The game is available via the Xbox Store for Xbox One.

Escape Dead Island

Unlike Dead Space Ignition, Escape Dead Island does share quite a bit in common with the Dead Island games; it’s an adventure survival-mystery horror published developed by Fatshark and published by Deep Silver.

The game’s story follows Cliff Calo, who decided to set sail to Banoi – Dead Island’s unfortunate island – to document the mysterious events that occurred in the main games.

Those who purchased Escape Dead Island, also got access to a beta of Dead Island 2 before its release – though that doesn’t matter now.

The game is available via the Xbox Store for Xbox One.


Dead Space Ignition and Escape Dead Island, both are available starting today via the Xbox Store. If you already own them on a disc, just insert your disc, and the Xbox One should automatically start downloading a backward compatible version – but you will have to insert the disc every time you wish to play these titles.

If you owned these titles digitally on the Xbox 360 – a much more likely scenario, considering they were on the Xbox Live Arcade – the titles should appear under the “Read to Install” section on the Xbox One.

You can also have a look at the list of 280 (and growing) titles in the backward compatibility program, over at Major Nelson’s blog.

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