Heads up, Europe: The FIFA 14
pre-order freebie for Xbox One only applies to Day One editions of the console, after Microsoft clarified some apparent miscommunication. At Gamescom
, Microsoft corporate VP Phil Harrison announced all Xbox One pre-orders in Europe
would come with a free copy of the new soccer sim, but it's emerged that isn't exactly the case. Xbox EMEA Social Marketing Manager Graeme Boyd tweeted
yesterday that the offer is limited to pre-orders of the Day One edition.
While many stores across Europe still have Day One editions of the Xbox One available, at some outlets it's already sold out; as Eurogamer
notes, Amazon UK
only has the Standard edition available. Also, as CVG
points out, there's the matter of how many Standard edition pre-orders have already been placed with the FIFA 14
offer in mind, and whether or not they'll receive a free copy of the game as promised.
The miscommunication at Gamescom wasn't limited to Harrison's announcement. Xbox's Larry 'Major Nelson' Hyrb posted a tweet
as the announcement was made that specifies "all pre-orders," and has an image of a Standard edition Xbox One attached. Meanwhile, a post
on the Xbox news blog reflects that "all pre-orders of Xbox One" ship with the game.
The Xbox One launches in 13 markets sometime this November, priced $500 in the US, €500 in Europe, and £430 in the UK. In addition to including FIFA 14
in Europe, the system's Day One edition extras are a special controller with chrome D-pad (instead of the standard controller), unique packaging, and a Day One achievement code.