Mortal Kombat head teases MK9 and Injustice for Xbox One via backwards compatibility

Hot on the heels of Criterion's Burnout tease, Mortal Kombat head Ed Boon yesterday implied that Mortal Kombat (MK9) and Injustice: Gods Among Us will also be heading to Xbox One, courtesy of backwards compatibility.

Larry "Major Nelson" Hyrb chimed in soon after:

MK9 released on Xbox 360 back in 2011 and features the same classic kombat and gory x-ray moves as the recently released MKX. Injustice: Gods Among Us released in 2013 on PS4, and Xbox 360, but never Xbox One. The DC Universe fighter won widespread praise and achieved decent sales, so to see it finally head to Xbox One is a a significant boon.

The interest from third party devs should be encouraging for those hoping to see their favourite Xbox 360 games on Xbox One. You can see the full list of current backwards compatible Xbox One games here (opens in new tab), and vote for further games to be added here. Deus Ex Human Revolution needs more votes guys and gals.

Source: Twitter

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  • Let's just hope MS doesn't discontinue XB360 online playlike Nintendo did with the Wii.
  • pretty sure live for 360 will be up for a long time. 
  • Why would they do that when alot of Xbox one players will be playing the 360 online games
  • Indeed, Xbox One backwards compatibility with Xbox 360 just extended the life of most Xbox 360 online games. Anyway, I'm not a lawyer, but I don't see why Microsoft needs permission to bring all Xbox 360 games to Xbox One via backwards compatibility. They're running inside an Xbox 360 emulator. They're still Xbox 360 games. I don't see how that would affect any licenses. Nothing about the game has changed.
  • You said it yourself, it's running on an emulator not actual hardware.
    Normal grey area.
    If I write a 360 emu on PC, the publisher may not want you playing their games on it, especially if I'm selling it in my store.
    I would assume from now on they will probably make that part of the contract to be able to allow BC even via emulation though.
    Xbox one is not Xbox 360. What would stop ms creating emu and running their games on win 10 pc's?
  • The only reason that Nintendo discontiuned their servers for the Wii was because the company that ran their servers went out of buisness. 
  • You are wrong completely wrong you completely made that up that's not the main reason why Nintendo Wii online multiplayer services were shutdown the main reason why it was shut down it's because Nintendo Wii players Barely Used online multiplayer Nintendo is not that great when it comes to online multiplayer Nintendo's specialty is offline multiplayer not online multiplayer which is why therefore making Nintendo shut down online multiplayer servers on Nintendo Wii but you can still access the Nintendo Wii store according to satoru Iwata he will be remembered rip
  • Nice
  • Injustice is like five dollars right now on marketplace. Already bought it with the assumption this would happen. :)
  • Very cool! Might have to get it myself.
  • Ok so if we buy a 360 game from the marketplace we'll be able to download it onto the Xbox One?
  • Yup (assuming the game is backward compatible)
  • Ed Boon has been known to troll on twitter. So a grain of salt is needed. Lol.
  • Now lets hope a handful of the capcom fighters and survival horror titles make it to the list...
  • Silent Hill 5 and 8, please
  • Good to know. Now I will buy it for 5$ :P
  • Vote for RE5 guys. It's 10,000 plus strong right now. Same with RE4.
  • I wonder about the technical difficulties behind making all the games available. I mean, it's a full blown emulator. I know this example is quite simplistic but I think about the ZNES, all the roms work... not that I make use of such illegal tools hehe. Hmm... on second thought, the N64 emulator and the Dolphin GC emulator do have issues deppending on the ROM ... I've been told *nervous laugh*
  • The second itteration of the "fat" PS3 used an emulator to play PS2 games.  They used actual PS2 hardware within the PS3 for the initial release.  So I don't think it will be too difficult to bring backwards compatibility to Xbox.
  • Actually it was very hard, and most educated people thought it was so hard it wouldn't be worth trying to do.(lots of people even thought it was impossible)
    I wouldn't use those emu's as any indication of how good or bad the compatibility is, or how well it runs.
  • A significant "boon?" Was that an intentional pun?
  • Once they have the list of backwards compatible games up to the hundreds, they should put them in the xb1 store in its own section.  That would be awesome for MS, devs and publishers.
  • What wonderful news on the same day I got the X1 for my bday...... It has indeed been a good day...
  • I just want the Injustice and Mortal Kombat X mobile games to come to Windows mobile.  It's great that I can play the console game, but some things can't be unlocked without playing the mobile game.
  • I bought deus ex, but I never even opened the box before I sold it. I'm interested in playing it though. Since we're on this, Vote for Catherine y'all. That one I finished but I'd like to replay it. Awesome game.
  • I wanted to vote for Fairy Tale Fights but it's not in their list. :( It doesn't seem possible to make a recommendation either.
  • Glad to hear that Injustice will be making the transition via backwards compatibility. It actually has a better storyline than the movies being released by Warner Bros.