Xbox One Backwards Compatibility: ‘Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved’ And ‘Carcassonne’ Arrives

Microsoft’s Xbox One backwards compatibility program looms large every month, and a new game, Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved, has arrived on the platform. The announcement of the game was first made on Twitter by Microsoft’s Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb.

Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved is an extension of the Geometry Wars hidden minigame from Project Gotham Racing 2, which was released in November, 2005, for Xbox. The game makes place in the Xbox One backwards compatibility as one of more than 130 games in the current lineup, and is available at $5 from

The game was also included in the original lineup of Xbox One backward compatibility games when it was launched last year. However, the game was not included in the list of 104 titles that were actually supported when it released.

Similarly, another game that makes place in the Backwards Compatibility program is Carcassonne. Microsoft has recently started a campaign called “release them when they’re ready,” and the game falls under the same. A strategic board game, Carcassonne is now available to play on Xbox One and is available on the Xbox 360 marketplace or store for $9.99.

For those who have no idea what the game is about, here is a brief introduction.

“Buy Carcassonne today and become a master of medieval strategy. Own a fully featured version of the board game classic and fulfill the need for challenge any time you want, or play socially, with up to five players on Xbox LIVE, or up to four players on just one Xbox 360. Multiple levels of difficulty offer a challenging experience for players of all ages and levels of experience.”

Reports also say that one of the most popular titles on Xbox One backwards compatibility program is tipped to be released at the end of February. Call of Duty: Black Ops is believed to be made available by Microsoft at the end of this month.

Microsoft previously unveiled that the classic FPS will be a part of the Xbox One backwards compatibility program, together with others like Bioshock Infinite and Skate 3.

The Xbox One feedback site has a place where fans can vote what games they’d want to play on Xbox One, which was launched just after the backwards compatibility program was released.

Including in the list and dominating for long is the Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 together with Black Ops in fifth.

Check out the Xbox One Backwards Compatibility top ten in full.

  1. Call of Duty: Black Ops II
  2. Skyrim
  3. Red Dead Redemption
  4. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
  5. Call of Duty: Black Ops
  6. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
  7. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
  8. Call of Duty: World at War
  9. Mass Effect 3
  10. Fallout: New Vegas

It has also been reported that fans in Spain were able to discover Black Ops DLC in the Xbox One marketplace, which adds more to the rumors that the game’s release on Backwards Compatibility is not far off.

Despite all the rumors, Microsoft is yet to announce about the availability of the game in their program. Previously, Red Dead Redemption was also available to download, but was removed shortly after as the tech giants clarified that it was a mistake and the game has not been confirmed by Rockstar games to be released on Xbox One backwards compatibility.

However, another game, Dark Souls, is said to be a part of the pre-order for those who are buying Dark Souls 3 on Xbox One, while gamers who bought the game earlier will be getting a free copy.

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