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Backwards Compatible Forza Horizon Released Ahead of Games with Gold

A backwards compatible Forza Horizon game has been released on to the Xbox One alongside Mickey Mouse’s Castle of Illusion, ahead of the Games with Gold period that would have seen the game available on both the Xbox 360 and now the Xbox One for free, if you’re an Xbox Live Gold member.

Forza Horizon originally came out in 2012, a short time before the Xbox 360 was pushed aside to make way for the Xbox One, which would come out the following year. Despite coming at the tail end of the 360’s run, Forza Horizon still got favorable reviews, enough to spawn Forza Horizon 2 in 2014, and the upcoming Forza Horizon 3 this year.

A backwards compatible Forza Horizon game could also help to drum up more excitement for Forza Horizon 3, which releases in late September and has already gotten praise for its graphics and variety of cars.

Forza Horizon and Castle of Illusion are only the two most recent games to make it onto the Xbox One backwards compatibility system, which has brought over 200 games over to the Xbox One in just one year ever since the service was announced at the Microsoft E3 2015 conference.

A previous gem that was put onto the Games with Gold list earlier this month was Beyond Good and Evil, a critically acclaimed title that has had people clamoring for a sequel for years.

Forza Horizon 3 comes out on September 27, so you won’t have very long to play the backwards compatible Forza Horizon title before it comes out. Whether you like racing games or not, the game will help to get you excited about Forza Horizon 3 and might even influence you to buy it.

Or, you can pick up one of the other games available with the Games with Gold package, including the original Mirror’s Edge, Earthlock: A Festival of Magic, and Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China.