A new report on UK games site Eurogamer.net today reveals that a new version of Black will definitely not be created for the Xbox 360, halting rumours suggesting that a new version of the game would be. Developer Criterion's Xbox title, released tomorrow, is not forward-compatible with the new machine, sparking rumours of a dedicated title for the 360.
"The only time you'll see it on the Xbox 360 is when we make BLACK 2 on it in a few years," developer Alex Ward told Eurogamer.net. He also confirmed that Criterion wanted to make Burnout compatible with the Xbox 360, but that so far Microsoft had been unwilling to assist with the appropriate emulation. "We'd absolutely love it if our Burnout games worked on 360," he explained, "but it's down to what Microsoft wants to do. It controls and decides what games its emulator works with. I've actually asked them four times myself for them to make it happen, but it's really not up to us."
Ward reiterated that no version of Black would be forthcoming for the Xbox 360, and that he hoped to put the speculation to bed. Still, at least we know that Black 2 is en route, even if it is only a distant proposition. More as we get it.