17 original Xbox games are coming back online next month thanks to fans


Insignia, the fan project to bring the original Xbox Live back to life, has opened registration for its first beta, which is set to begin on November 15.

The project has been in various stages of development for some time, and you may have seen the cover of small-scale Insignia gaming tests earlier this year. Basically, it’s a new set of fan-run servers replacing Xbox Live, which you can connect to using either a stock Xbox or an emulator like Xemu. While the developers currently only have a small number of games in place, the goal is to eventually support all OG Xbox games with Xbox Live features.

Insignia is now accepting registrations for closed beta testers on their official site (opens in a new tab). Invitations will be sent out in batches starting Tuesday, November 15. A setup wizard tool for registering your console to access the servers will be distributed some time before the first wave of invites is released.

The developers have added a few more games to the list of supported launch titles since their last update, including Call of Duty: Finest Hour, Conker: Live and Reloaded, Dance Dance Revolution: Ultramix, and Unreal Championship. Here’s the full list of games you’ll be able to play online on November 15.

  • Call of Duty: Finest Hour
  • Conker: Live and Reloaded
  • Counter-Strike
  • Crimson Skies
  • Dance Dance Revolution: Ultramix
  • Ultimate dead or alive
  • MechAssault
  • Downtown madness 3
  • MotoGP: online demo
  • Phantasy Star Online Episodes I and II
  • Star Wars: Jedi Academy
  • Street Fighter Anniversary Collection
  • Tetris Worlds online
  • Unreal Championship
  • Struck
  • Xbox Live Arcade
  • XIII

You might be wondering why Halo 2 isn’t on the list. Unfortunately, this game apparently uses additional services beyond those used by the base Xbox Live. The developers plan to invest some time to get it working, but they didn’t want to delay the launch of a single game. (Of course, you can still play Halo 2 online through the modernized Master Chief Collection.)

Once the free service is up and running, the developers plan to continue adding support for more games on a monthly basis.

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