Highlighting Microsoft’s Xbox One Gamescom 2013 Showcase
Yesterday, we reported that the Xbox One console may have a free bundled game. That information is now confirmed…for Europe. Today, during Microsoft’s Gamescom 2013 showcase, it was revealed that EA Sports and Microsoft had reached an agreement to bundle Fifa 14 with each Xbox One console sold. I know, right, but there’s several reasons Microsoft is looking to appease European markets.
First off the price of admission is considerably higher in the European territories. Exchange rates and VAT (a tax of nearly 20%) make the buy in higher than those in North America. Combine that with the fact that Microsoft recently announced it was going to miss 8 European regions with the Xbox One launch, and the picture starts to look a bit clearer. Gamescom was the right forum for the announcement, and it just may have appealed some European buyers.
Ubisoft revealed an Xbox One exclusive, Fighter Within. This was earlier leaked due to a hiccup with the publisher bringing the games website online prior to the announcement. Fighter Within will utilize the update Kinect sensor, and will feature local and online multiplayer. There will be voice activated features along with the standard motion controls, although no hands on time was allowed, Ubisoft assures the title will be ready by the time Xbox One launches.
A surprise, unannounced contribution from Mojang called Cobalt will also be available on the Xbox One. It’s described as a multip-platform, 2D shooter with graphics reminiscent of the 16-bit era.
One vital piece of information was omitted from the showcase. A release date. We’re nearing Fall, and the holidays creep closer with every passing day. Microsoft may not be ready to tip it’s hand early after the catastrophe of Xbox One reveal. Sony is reportedly readying the PlayStation 4 launch the week of October 21st.
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