European Xbox One preorders will include free copy of FIFA 14

Phil Harrison confirms that all European Xbox One preorders will come with a free copy of EA's FIFA 14.

Update: Phil Harrison has announced during Microsoft's Xbox showcase in Cologne, Germany, that all Xbox One preorders will include a bundled copy of FIFA 14 when the console launches later this year. All existing preorders will include the free copy of FIFA 14, Harrison added. The offer will be available while stocks last.

Original Story: Microsoft could be gearing up for a Gamescom 2013 announcement that it will bundle a game for free with every European Xbox One at launch, in an attempt to lure customers away from buying a PlayStation 4 later this year, both CVG and MCV have reported.

The move is designed to make the Xbox One's £429 price tag more appealing over Sony's PlayStation 4, which will be sold for £349.

CVG reports that a "major third-party title" will be bundled free with every Xbox One, with an anonymous source saying it would be the same title Microsoft executive Phil Spencer was teasing for a Gamescom 2013 reveal. Microsoft is reportedly spending millions on the deal, says the site.

The site also reports that Microsoft could be lining up a similar promotion for North American buyers.

Meanwhile, MCV reports that Microsoft has signed a deal with EA to bundle copies of FIFA 14 with the Xbox One. FIFA is one of the biggest games in Europe, with FIFA 13 selling more than 3 million copies in the UK alone.

Sony has already pledged that PlayStation Plus subscribers will get a cut-down version of upcoming next-gen racer DriveClub for free, with fewer cars and tracks than in the main game, when the PlayStation 4 launches later this year.

Microsoft will release the Xbox One in November.

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Asus4000
Asus4000

The only reason the Pro Evolution Soccer Series dosn't sell well is because it dosn' t have the liscences to fo FA premier league, the premier league is the most Popular league in the world, nobody wants to play as London FC or West London FC or Mersyside Red I and yes the PES has an online tournament for money thiers is also the AFC, UEFA and Copa Libabertas and I was wondering is thier an North American Champions League PES is King

dbene
dbene

American Xbox One preorderers should speak loudly and demand a game as well. After all, MS is listening to us consumers now. We deserve a free bundle game as well for the loyalty. 

jeremiah06
jeremiah06

It's still cheaper to buy a ps4 an d fifa right? unless fifa is exclusive?

HasH101
HasH101

what about Africa..,.

tightwad34
tightwad34

Microsoft and EA are getting tight. I just would like to know how the Xbox fans feel about their beloved company teaming up with the 2X worst company in America. Not trying to start anything, just stating fact.

howiex89
howiex89

@tightwad34 I don't really care about the companies, I care about the games and FIFA is a game I love! So do many in the UK! 

tightwad34
tightwad34

@howiex89 I'm not trying to knock the game itself. Infact it's the only sports game I own. I enjoy the hell out of it, when I play that is. I haven't been able to play for a while because there's just too much else I've been playing. I do plan on getting back into it, though. I have bought my share of games slapped with the EA label and that's because my desire to play them is greater than any sort of animosity I may have. I don't like greed, but sometimes you only have one choice if you want something.

tightwad34
tightwad34

@Scottywr I guess I didn't explain myself well enough. Oh well. You can believe whatever the hell you want.

Addict187
Addict187

@tightwad34 @howiex89  Geed is what makes the games or any product that is made for profit. Never new why EA is always the target when every company operates with greed as the driving force. If they made games out of charity to play for free I think most of us would fined a new hobby. 

rebelformetal
rebelformetal

Pfffftttt this is just another ploy my MS to get people to climb off the fence, but after the EU's get bored with their FIFA, they will be stuck with an overpriced cablebox/game player that really only catters to American TV.....

Addict187
Addict187

@rebelformetal  They put a game in the box and you complain. Times have changed when the playstasion one came out I was pissed they did not include a game in the box. Every console i had came with a game before that 

John Smith
John Smith

You've done worse for less... ya freak!

John Smith
John Smith

WOOOOOW! Win! That would be so old skool awesome!

Hint172
Hint172

well then we should get it too..or even better give us madden. I don't see why they would give EU a free game and just give the US a big ass middle finger and that's to it's biggest customer base.

iempire68
iempire68

@Hint172 

Agreed, but it may be in response to the fact that in Europe they don't get the TV services like in North America, and the cost over there is pretty high. If Sony really has over 1 million preorders, then MS had better pony up with madden.

Also due to the later launch of XB1 over there.....

blaqphantom
blaqphantom

does this include Australia? i know its ot Europe but i was thinking it might include all PAL regions.


hadlee73
hadlee73

Will you able to clock other players on the back of the head with a swinging arm? :P

tightwad34
tightwad34

@hadlee73 Nah, no need to do that because they'll probably flop before you get a chance.

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

FIFA is pretty damn popular. At least they picked a good game for this deal.

prime_l
prime_l

See it says ALL Xbox One pre orders, but on Amazon (UK) I can only see it for the Day One editions. This could sway me to Xbox... but if not, I can get a PS4 with Fifa for cheaper.


I want an Xbox, but Sony is making a very convincing argument. 

Hurvl
Hurvl

These bundles never tempted me one bit. Not now and not in previous console generations either, because it's always some (to me) bland game that gets bundled. Sports and racing are very popular with a lot of people, but I don't even like the real world versions, so this marketing attempt fails completely with me. I don't consider myself to have peculiar tastes, I like some FPS games (like Serious Sam/Half-Life) and a lot of RPG games, but they never bundle any of those.

the13stuff
the13stuff

So nothing for North America? Yea definitely leaning ever closer to that cancel button for my pre-order.

NightDrifter05
NightDrifter05

@the13stuff That's how it's looking. Only EU get it where as with the PS4 all users with PS+ get drive club and already have access to a bunch of free 2 play games. This may be good for EU players but this is putting alot of tension between Microsoft and their US players.

deathwish026
deathwish026

this sucks for me as sports games bore me... ah well looks like il have fifa 14 to trade in before i leave the store when picking up my xbone...

deskp
deskp

@deathwish026  Be perpared for a huge notice on the box art "not for resale" or something similar.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@deskp @deathwish026 If it's a physical disc and he hasn't installed the game, he could sell it to anyone, just not a retailer, and the new owner could play it without any sorts of problem. Physical discs, the perfect way to get around "not for resale" schemes, muahahahaha!!!!!

smurfa1
smurfa1

I wonder if this is the compensation people will get in the European countries where the launch is postponed to 2014 or if we get Another game besides FIFA14.

northArrow
northArrow

I hope they do something similar for the American market. $500 is a steep price to pay for a console (and that doesn't even include another $60 for XBL). Throw us a bone MS

SurlyPotato
SurlyPotato

@northArrow Better to upgrade you Graphics Card on your PC then buy something that is already outdated in the PC world.

northArrow
northArrow

@SurlyPotato  Depends on the game and it depends on the genre. Some games are better on PC, some are better on consoles. That's why I have both

Oozyrat
Oozyrat

Wow, I've never played FIFA but everyone says it's a very good game. If they bring this to the US I'd be happy with it. I really thought that when MS said a third party game, that it'd be Dead Rising. Either one is fine with me

Archaicc
Archaicc

I can't believe how many people are complaining about this. They are giving away a free game, plus its most likely that the NA customers will get a different game.  I dont care about Fifa or anything, but its a free game to play

Dresden05
Dresden05

@Archaicc It's more about choice, not many people I know that are getting  a release version of either console will be getting FIFA 14. 

So if the console price goes up £30 for a game i'll never play why should I spend that money for a Microsoft launch Gimmic

If it was Watchdogs i'd happily pay that extra money as i'm saving £20 instead of losing £30