Red Dead Redemption was "accidentally made available" on Xbox One via Backward Compatibility, and has now been removed.
January marked the final monthly batch of Xbox 360 games to be made playable for the Xbox One via Backward Compatibility. At the time of their release, Microsoft revealed that, moving forward, all new backward compatible games would be released as they were available instead of on a monthly schedule. So, when Red Dead Redemption became playable over the weekend, some people weren't terribly surprised that it was not accompanied by an official announcement.
However, Microsoft has now stated that Red Dead Redemption, along with the other newly released games, were made available publicly "due to an error," and they have all since been removed.
"Microsoft tests all Xbox 360 games with our emulator to ensure a quality experience across a breadth of titles," Microsoft's Larry Hryb, aka "Major Nelson," wrote on Reddit. "Due to an error, some of the games currently in test were accidentally made available. We have since removed access to those games, and apologize for any confusion this may have caused. We will have more information on upcoming releases soon."
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