Over 20 Xbox games missing from Windows Phone 8

One of the few things we’ve always known for sure about Windows Phone 8 is that apps designed and built for the previous version of the OS would still work fine on the new handsets. At least that’s what Microsoft kept saying right up to the official announcement. However, the company did note that a very small number of apps would need to be optimized or even changed in order for them to work properly on the new operating system.

WPCentral reports that incompatibility between versions is a bigger deal than most of us expected. It would seem that that “small number of apps” mainly consists of popular Xbox titles that have now been hidden in the Windows Phone Store. The current list of missing apps is about 25 titles long.

Microsoft seems to be taking a very weird approach here. First of all the delisting of the apps: it’s their doing. Secondly the apps aren’t actually gone as searching for them on a Windows Phone 7 handset still brings up results, but they have been removed from the web store.

And thirdly, and this is the really weird part, Microsoft has done all of this in complete silence, without letting any of the app developers know. WPCentral contacted some of these devs and most of them were shocked to find out that their game had been delisted and said they would contact Microsoft to figure things out.

Such a move strikes us as strange especially considering the developers willingness to work with Microsoft and fix the problems so they can get their apps back out there.

You can find the list of missing apps in the original article below. Be sure to drop us a comment and let us know what you think.

Source: WPCentral

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11 Comments

ingramator said,
Wait, I'm a bit confused, are they missing from just WP8 store or both WP7 and WP8?

I think present in the store for WP7, but absent from WP8.

ingramator said,
Wait, I'm a bit confused, are they missing from just WP8 store or both WP7 and WP8?
I bought the Xbox Live game "Risk" for my WP7 phone, and I was a bit surprised about not seeing it for my Lumia 920. I had assumed that the app was pulled for bug fixes, but now I guess that was not the case.

rfirth said,

I think present in the store for WP7, but absent from WP8.

Oh great, so that means we'll have to pay for them yet again.

sagum said,
Oh great, so that means we'll have to pay for them yet again.
I don't think that that's the case. I imagine that once they appear, then they will recognize that they have been purchased (as they supposedly fixed that bug a few days ago now).

grunger106 said,
Yeah the pool game I'd just got good at is missing!

Yup, loved that game - OMG is also missing, which is annoying as they were advertising it on the marketplace this week, but it just went to a dead link

UFC on Xbox Live isn't even a game, its a app for watching UFC PPVs. I didn't even know they were/weren't going to bring that app to WP8.

But back on topic, let's not get all 'the sky is falling' just yet. Too much doesn't make sense, and there's little to no rhyme or reason for this.

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