While revert means to return to something earlier or to go back, it's often used wrongly in combination. If you're buying the older version of the game, you might say you're "reverting back," which is like saying "go back back."

Revert has been around since the early 14th century, and it has changed little in meaning from the original "turn back" and "return." You can revert to a simpler way of life or revert to bad behavior. Software users might revert to an older version of a program with fewer bugs. Though rare in modern use, some international English speakers do use "revert back" for "reply" in writing and e-mail, but most of the time, using revert with "back" is redundant, or repetitive.

Definitions of revert
  1. verb
    go back to a previous state
    “We reverted to the old rules”
    synonyms: regress, retrovert, return, turn back
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    fall back, lapse, recidivate, regress, relapse, retrogress
    go back to bad behavior
    return to the original position or state after being stretched or compressed
    go back, recover, recuperate
    regain a former condition after a financial loss
    rally, rebound
    return to a former condition
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    change by reversal, reverse, turn
    change to the contrary
  2. verb
    undergo reversion, as in a mutation
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    undergo mutation
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