The original Xbox 360 versions of Call of Duty are back on the multiplayer menu, after their matchmaking issues have been addressed.
That’s not to say they ever went away entirely. Unlike some online games, the Xbox 360 Call of Duty games never had their multiplayer switched off. But various issues, hackers included, have made them a less appealing prospect.
Now, thanks to some recent matchmaking fixes, their respective multiplayer modes are in a much better state. That, in turn, has seen players flocking back to Xbox 360 versions which are, thanks to Xbox Backwards Compatibility, playable on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S.
It’s also helped that, as of now, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (not to be confused with the other Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2), Call of Duty: Black Ops and so on are half price on the Xbox store.
However, as noted by GameRant, they aren’t without the odd issue. Matchmaking has been sorted, but some players are reporting input delay. And in an FPS, single or multiplayer, that could be fatal.
So why has the matchmaking only now been fixed? The issues have been around for quite a while. This sudden burst of COD-fixing action may well be the result of Microsoft’s purchase of Activision. The FTC’s objections are all but done with so the deal seems likely to go ahead.
There’s also the possibility that the Call of Duty games may hit Game Pass, further bolstering their popularity. While it probably won’t happen, we’d chuckle to see the old-school Call of Duty games eclipse the more recent releases.
In the meantime, if you’re a Call of Duty loving Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S owner, there’s no better time to arm up.