It was always a pipedream, really; Microsoft's Larry 'Major Nelson' Hryb has debunked all talk of the new downloadable Xbox Originals featuring 360-type achievements.
The downloadable Xbox games, which will be arriving on December 4 for 1200 Microsoft points (about a tenner), will appear via software emulation / backwards features, which is just one of the reasons why retro-active Achievements just can't happen.
"The answer is no," Nelson informs the gutted Achievement whores on his semi-official blog. "These are the original games that were created before Xbox 360. In order to preserve the integrity of the original gaming experience they provide, they will have the features available at the time of their initial release.
"I know it's probably not what you wanted to hear, but I thought it would be best to get clear up an[y] misunderstanding up right up front," he says. "Would it have been cool? Sure it would ...but as many folks have noted, for a variety of reasons it's just not possible."
Oh well, it looks like we'll have to buy Xbox classics solely for the enjoyment of playing them, and not to rack up our Gamerscore.
People still play Xbox games for fun, right?