FIFA 14 to be bundled with Xbox One while stocks last in European launch countries [Update]

We reported yesterday that Microsoft was to give way a popular free game with the Xbox One, and today at Gamescom, Microsoft have confirmed the rumors and revealed the game.

Popular football (soccer) game FIFA 14 is to be bundled with Xbox One preorders at launch for the UK and much of Europe as a digital download while stocks last. The game which normally costs about £50 (GBP) is very popular in Europe and should help with sales there.

While Microsoft continues to reveal new and attractive features to sway prospective buyers to the side of the Xbox One, its prior blunders could have rendered the console DOA. Its policy reversals as well as the bundled game may provide a boost and cement the Xbox One in people's minds as a serious contender.

Other recently revealed incentives include the fact that neither the console nor the games are region locked. As the console was reportedly region locked as well as launching in only 13 markets to begin with, it would not matter if it could make coffee and run a bath if consumers could not get their hands on it. However, prior to today's conference at Gamescon, Microsoft had revealed that neither the console nor the games are to be region locked and that both would be globally usable.

In other words, a Japanese buyer-for example- can purchase an Xbox one from another country, complete with games and use it in Japan without being blocked. However, services like apps and media will be restricted by region and would affect the overall experience. The company has also confirmed that the staggered launch is not due to production issues but rather due to firmware and regional adjustments.

Launch volumes are not really an issue. This was simply a software issue in terms of getting local language and voice support in the dash. It's pretty straightforward, but disappointing I know for people who are missing launch

This added freedom as well as the addition of the FIFA games along with all the bells and whistles the One possess could help increase sales and demand beyond available markets.

The One's predecessor, the 360 has been universally hailed as a commercial success and is still very popular in many markets across the globe. As the company builds on that reputation and attempts to create a distinct Xbox experience, it is becoming likely that the Xbox may meet analysts' sales predictions for the year and match or even outsell Sony's PlayStation 4 console.

Update: Seems the demo for Fifa 14 (on other mediums) will be available from Sep 10 as well!

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This will be massive in Europe, especially as the Ultimate Team Legends are also Xbox exclusive. I prefer PES, but the amount of folk I know that are FIFA mad will love this

Well was making the point it was pre ordered before the announcement guess your suggesting Microsoft had this planned from day one.

No, I'm suggesting that they haven't packed all the boxes yet and have plenty of time before shipping. It makes no difference if you pre-ordered already.

More panic from MS !!
1 - DRM change
2 - Spec change
3 - Free game

Why are they doing this !!
Answer = PS4 will be a better gaming machine and MS know it.

rusonjitsu said,
Eurgh a football game ...
wonder how many of these will be in the preowned section day 2??

none will be. Fifa 14 is shipping with the console as a download, not a physical disc.

rusonjitsu said,
Eurgh a football game ...
wonder how many of these will be in the preowned section day 2??

My code will be on Ebay for anyone who really wants it, might just give it away to be honest...

As someone who plays FIFA, this is a good deal. Effectively the XBO + FIFA 14 will only cost £30 more than the PS4 + FIFA 14. So that might persuade a lot of FIFA 13 Xbox Players to just stick with the Xbox, most people who play FIFA play it on the Xbox.

a digital download while stocks last?

what they mean to say is "Fifa 14 is free until EA tells us they actually want to get paid for their work"

timster said,
a digital download while stocks last?

what they mean to say is "Fifa 14 is free until EA tells us they actually want to get paid for their work"

I think they mean while stocks last of the pre-order units. That's the only thing that actually makes sense, since the free game is tied to a pre-order unit.

nowimnothing said,
You can be damn sure EA is getting paid for every single one of those downloads.

With all the IAP's in FIFA games lately I don't think it would matter if they didn't...

I absolutely hate the football games. My 2nd handed xbox 360 was bundled with two fifa games. Never even put the disk in the console...

Lets hope it quickly runs out of stock and the voucher is sellable for €5 to €10... That way i can buy something more usefull like ... peanut butter while being alergic to peanuts.

Gutted it actually is Fifa, would have sooner had a choice (or £50 off the console) rather than a repetitive game that has been milked for the last 20 years.

Oh well, was never expecting a free game anyway when I pre-ordered so have not really lost anything. Might get a few £ for the code on Ebay.

Yup.

Change the players names and teams to match the "current" ones..... add some token feature requing some button bashing combo nobody will rearlly use. Posh the graphics up and release charging £50......

Wash, rinse, repeat. Every year.

Neobond said,
Have to agree, my first "Fifa" title was Road to the World Cup '98 That was almost 16 years ago lol.

Strangely enough that was my first and only Fifa game too lol. I'm not really in to football, however it was alight to play at the time. I can't honestly think the game has changed that drastically 15+ games later lol.

Neobond said,
Have to agree, my first "Fifa" title was Road to the World Cup '98 That was almost 16 years ago lol.

FIFA 95. Only football game I claim to have played more than 20mins.

Wow a kak football game..... that makes the Xbone SO much more appealing to me now </s>

A kids game would have been worth more!

I'm sure the majority of people would rather they just lowered the cost by the price of a game, and then let us choose our *own* game. Not everyone likes football, MS!