Two more Xbox One backward compatibility games added; program library about to reach 400 games

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A promotional image for "Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon." (Facebook/EarthDefenseForce)

The Xbox One backward compatibility library continues to grow, with two titles added this week.

Like in the past, Xbox head Larry “Major Nelson” Hyrb made the announcement on his Twitter account. “Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon and F1 2014 are coming to Xbox One Backward Compatibility today,” tweeted Nelson.

Players who already own the two titles will get to enjoy them automatically through the Xbox One game library. For those who do not, they can purchase “Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon” for $20. “F1 2014,” on the other hand, costs $25.

Released in 2011 on Xbox 360, “Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon” is a third-person shooter that is a sequel to “Earth Defense Force 2017.” Developed by Vicious Cycle Software, the game revolves around Lightning Alpha, who is a leader of an elite team of fighters. This team needs to defend New Detroit from an alien invasion.

Meanwhile, Codemasters developed “F1 2014,” a racing video game patterned after the 2014 Formula One season.

With these latest additions, the ever-growing backward compatibility library is nearing the 400-title mark, according to Gamespot. Moreover, Microsoft also announced during the E3 2017 event that they will be releasing original (OG) titles on the catalog. “We have multiple games up and running–we just decided to tease the first one[s],” said Dave McCarthy of Microsoft. “There will be a library of games available, for sure,” he added in an interview with Gamespot.

Furthermore, McCarthy also shared that Xbox boss Phil Spencer played a key role in convincing the company’s engineering team to incorporate backward compatibility on Xbox One. “Phil is really good for this, in terms of audacious challenges we give the team,” he said. “It fit nicely into our compatibility story–games will play great across all our lineup. They’ll play best on Xbox One X.”

“It kind of fit the whole vibe that we were trying to get in terms of choice for our customers,” McCarthy went on to say, adding that it’s a huge project for them. The OG Xbox backward compatibility games for Xbox One will launch later this year.