Xbox One: major “third-party title” to be bundled at launch, FIFA 14 possible – rumour

Monday, 19 August 2013 18:44 GMT By Staff

According to a anonymous sources, Microsoft has signed upon a deal which will allow them to bundle a “major third-party title” free of charge with every Xbox One console at launch.

The deal which is apparently confirmed for Europe (and possibly US) will allow each Xbox One unit sold in the region to be bundled with the game which market price will be around £40 or higher. This move is apparently being made to ensure that the PS4 no longer has an upper hand in terms of being £80 cheaper than Microsoft’s console.

A CVG source who is aware of this agreement revealed that the deal is part of Microsoft’s aim of adding more value to Xbox One without the need of lowering the £429 launch price.

The third-party title, although not named, is supposed to be a ‘major’ Christmas release. The report also states that it cost Microsoft millions to sign this deal, which was done to ensure that the Xbox One gets an edge on release day.

The source also added that this major title is a “unique Xbox One exclusive” that is due to be announced during Gamescom this year.

[Update] Seemingly contrary to CVG’s source’s talk of exclusives, MCV “has been told” that the Xbox One will be bundled with FIFA 14 in Europe.

This latest whisper lines up with earlier reports that Microsoft has a gamescom announcement about “Europe’s biggest franchise”.

The platform holder has also been teasing an “exciting” announcement and at least one new game reveal.

The Xbox One is scheduled to be released in November this year, although no date has been set in stone as yet.

VG247 will be there in Cologne to bring you all the news as it happens.


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  1. Lengendaryboss

    FIFA? Call Of Duty? Assassin’s Creed? What else? Watch Dogs is an uncertainty. Those are the only franchises at christmas that comes to mind.

    “This move is apparently being made to ensure that the PS4 no longer has an upper hand in terms of being £80 cheaper than Microsoft’s console.”
    Actually remove Kinect from the box, then we will speak with money, cha ching :)

    #1 2 years ago
  2. zoopdeloop

    comming up next they put a sex doll in it,some nerds really need it…then it’s bye bye Sony :P

    #2 2 years ago
  3. FrankWhite

    Oh god, Please be GTA5. That would get my sale.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. redwood

    a confirmed rumor? and it might be garden warfare.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Lengendaryboss

    Xbox One Version of GTA 5 confirmed?

    #5 2 years ago
  6. taternuggets

    Can’t imagine they would bundle a “mature” title… would cause complaints…. I would guess fifa in Europe and Madden in the US.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Hcw87

    It’s an Xbox One exclusive, so it can’t really be any of the titles listed above.

    Shenmue 3? Oh lord.

    #7 2 years ago

    wow, they are getting desperate. :P

    I bet it’s a stupid kinect game. lol

    #8 2 years ago
  9. redwood

    one way to pick this title for Microsoft would be to see which title got the least pre-orders :D that way they can get a better deal than going after something like “gta 5″ which would probably cost them spencer’s first born.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. taternuggets

    @7 Other sites are claiming the deal is exclusive to xbox, not the game. So I dunno…

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Lengendaryboss

    A third party christmas exclusive? Now i can’t think of any: The Fighter Within? is the only one i can think of buts its not major (we don’t know) and i’m not sure if its a christmas release.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Hcw87

    Well then it may very well be CoD.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Bashtee

    @6 fifa an exclusive? never.

    #13 2 years ago
  14. redwood

    @10 what does that mean?

    #14 2 years ago
  15. taternuggets

    @13 There is some confusion on what is exclusive… other sites are reporting this bundle deal is exclusive to xbox…. not that the game is an xbox exclusive.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. The_Red

    Now THAT is potentially a smart move. Seriously this addresses two issues:

    - They need to justify $100 price difference without resorting to that paperweight eye of sauron.
    - Any console with a bundled game benefits: Seriously, bundling Wii Sports with Wii is what made Wii the mega seller that it is.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. Dragon246

    MS must never be underestimated. They may lack in strategies, but they can more than make up for it with sheer moolah power.

    Cant wait to see whose comes out on top in this billion dollar tug of war!

    Still, how is it that they haven’t announced a MAJOR 3rd PARTY LAUNCH EXCLUSIVE yet . That makes this rumor less credible, or MS PR is full of morons.
    It may be that Ubisoft Kinect exclusive “Fighter Within”.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. TF_PtMaster

    This is good news. I think will be a Kinect Game

    #18 2 years ago
  19. zoopdeloop

    People….exclusively bundled with One at no additional cost.The game is not exclusive.jeez

    #19 2 years ago
  20. Bashtee

    @15 okay, being an “exclusive bundle” does sound realistic :D

    #20 2 years ago
  21. ActionGameKing

    The game is called “Fighter Within”. It’s a Ubisoft Kickboxing game. It leaked last night so chances are that’s the game.

    @16 and @22. True, except the Wii didn’t cost $500 and didn’t have a global backlash.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. redwood

    @16 but wii sports was a brilliant idea for wii’s positioning and target audience.. we will have to see what exactly they are giving to judge.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. Hcw87

    Needs to be a system seller, not a shitty fighter game.

    If they’re smart, they’ll bundle CoD with every Xbox One sold, and they’ll overtake Sony by a long shot in the first few weeks, in the EU and US.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. loci

    Don’t bother with a free game. It won’t get them anymore sales.

    Remove Kinect. Drop price to $299. Then they may be able to claw back some sales….Though I doubt it.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. Belmont

    They said they have something to say in gamescom about Europe’s biggest franchise. I think Fifa is qoing to be bundled, Madden for US perhaps.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. redwood

    if FIFA comes bundles for free.. than I dunno what sony will do :D

    #26 2 years ago
  27. bradk825

    My guess is that if this is true, it’s in the delayed markets. But I don’t pretend to have any knowledge of any kind about it, or a lot of things ;-)

    #27 2 years ago

    Free games FTW!

    #28 2 years ago
  29. DeadManV

    Its Ubisofts Fighter Within – a unique third party exclusive.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. aaron_avelino

    3rd party exclusive to be announced on gamescom??? Fighter Within of Ubisoft then. “Unique Xbox Exclusive” cuz it’s a kinect game.

    #30 2 years ago
  31. Lengendaryboss

    To all those who said FIFA (14) you might be correct.

    #31 2 years ago
  32. bradk825

    PS to my last post. My other guess is this is not true, just like the Kinectless console, the bundled headset (was not yet decided on when the rumour flew) etc etc…

    But we’ll see. I was very skeptical about the rumour of a delayed launch, which turned out to be about 50% true.

    #32 2 years ago
  33. Belmont


    So it comes with FIFA 14 in europe.

    *Andy house exhales …*

    #33 2 years ago
  34. drewbles82

    Most likely a kinect game to get all those who are against Kinect to give it a try and see that it might actually be good, something to help sell more kinect games

    #34 2 years ago
  35. Droid

    My guess is Minecraft. :D

    #35 2 years ago
  36. redwood

    @31 hahah did you notice the typo ?
    “towards Microsoft after it announced that the “Xbone One” would be delayed in several countries “

    #36 2 years ago
  37. gomersoul

    doesn’t matter what game it is, a ps4 with a game is still cheaper than xboxone. my money isn’t candy and i’m not a baby. i bet this cost them shitloads of money, doubt they’ll see that returned

    #37 2 years ago
  38. wallace1981

    unique Xbox One exclusive im betting crackdown 3 we no its coming we saw the orb back in may

    #38 2 years ago
  39. bojack

    Think about this guys. Xboxone is coming bundled with kinect, so why not bundle a game the focuses on kinect? That’s why it’s going to be ubisofts The Fighter Within.

    #39 2 years ago
  40. Gheritt White


    #40 2 years ago
  41. DrDamn

    If it’s an X1 exclusive I’d say a Kinect title. Particularly as Sports Rivals got delayed. Something to give people reason to plug it in. If the deal is the exclusive bit then Fifa/Madden is a good shout. Good to see something nice and positive coming out of the pressure they’ve been put under though.

    Hold on. So does this mean those with delayed preorders in countries affected by the recent announcement now get two games? Nice for them.

    Oh I also suspect it will be a title which offers a decent amount of DLC. That would have helped the deal.

    #41 2 years ago
  42. xFidelCashflow

    Oh, Microsoft. What will you blow millions on next?

    #42 2 years ago
  43. Lengendaryboss


    Point: Ok if true why go all this way for a exclusive bundle, its a bold first move but i feel that money could go elsewhere. I can see the value in it but come on, but MS may just be 50% true because i didn’t expect the Xbox One to get delayed and MS partly surprised me on that one.

    #43 2 years ago
  44. redwood

    lord knows how much money spencer and co. are burning through right now to secure these deals.

    #44 2 years ago
  45. Lengendaryboss

    A Major Christmas 2013 exclusively bundled game is a Spring 2014 game???
    Even MS is not that mad.

    #45 2 years ago
  46. TF_PtMaster

    FIFA is slated for a september release. The CVG says a major Christmas release. Despite everything Zumba Fitness sold like hell and i think we can call it a success because it was.

    I find it very hard to be FIFA, imagine how much Microsoft need to pay EA for that deal.

    And they need to add value do keep Kinect outside the box. Tomorrow morning we will know more.

    #46 2 years ago
  47. Lengendaryboss

    They have the money, need to spend it on something.

    Timed exclusives: Titanfall, First DLC access: COD/BF, Exclusive Major third party title Bundle: shitload of money all on that.

    #47 2 years ago
  48. tracyis300

    Wow! Thats great that a game is going to be bundle. But!… If they really want to come out winning at launch, just say ‘and GTA5 can also be playable on to the XB1′…. Heads will EXPLODES!!

    #48 2 years ago
  49. redwood

    @47 fair enough i guess.

    #49 2 years ago
  50. monkeygourmet

    Eurogamer and MVC are saying its FIFA, which would make sense.

    Maybe Madden for US?

    #50 2 years ago
  51. Joe Musashi

    If they wanted to add value and get enormous ROI then they could have saved those millions and bundled a free year of XBL Gold. Or maybe as little as 6 months.

    That they’ll spend so much money securing content from a third party rather then dangle a Gold carrot – which would encourage further subscription adoption, inflate usage figures, get [more] people online, get them spending more cash on multiplayer content (maps etc).. ..if they wanted to sweeten the deal and make it meaningful for the longer-term that’d be the smart way to go.

    I wonder if this bundled game will be delivered digitally or physically?


    #51 2 years ago
  52. DrDamn

    Digital for sure. Gold people may not see the value in so much as if you are upgrading from a 360 you will likely have ~6 months to go already.

    Lots of places seem to be saying FIFA now anyway.

    #52 2 years ago
  53. Joe Musashi

    Would they really want to be so synonymous to the “FIFA/COD” player I wonder?

    I can’t help but think that this is all very short-term thinking.


    #53 2 years ago
  54. tracyis300

    Madden is too big of a cash cow to throw in for free. Ill say that new NBA live or some sort of lil adventure game that involves the use of the Kinect

    #54 2 years ago
  55. gomersoul

    how much would it cost to be FIFA? its one of the biggest games in the world. I don’t know if this is brave or stupid, considering ps4 + FIFA = at least £30 less then xbone. surely people will do the maths, it seems crazy.

    #55 2 years ago
  56. zoopdeloop

    seems like Microsoft isn’t the only one desperate about all this.

    #56 2 years ago
  57. Fethennour

    #57 2 years ago
  58. DrDamn

    The vast majority of the launch line up is synonymous with the CoD/FIFA crowd. Watch the pre-Gamescom teaser video. Its where they are now. Maybe not where they want to be a couple of years from now but they want to capture their core gamer market first.

    #58 2 years ago
  59. Biscuitpants

    league of legends

    #59 2 years ago
  60. polygem

    oh boy, i am not feeling this new gen yet. let´s see what happens.

    #60 2 years ago
  61. Joe Musashi

    @58 It’s one thing to be seen as having games synonymous to the FIFA/COD demographic. It’s another to be handing FIFA to them for free! Perception and all that.

    I think #55 has a point too. It narrows the price/value difference but it still doesn’t put Microsoft where they’d want to be. Retailers can still easily price-match like-for-like with just enough room to sell their extended warranties on top.

    As I recall, major UK supermarkets will price-war on titles like FIFA and independent retailers aren’t above buying that stock and reselling/bundling it in their own store.

    Could be a bit chaotic.


    #61 2 years ago
  62. Mike W

    I guess we will find out tomorrow

    #62 2 years ago
  63. Kanok

    That is retribution from Mattrick to make an Xbox are bad position.

    #63 2 years ago
  64. viralshag

    Please let it be Fifa…

    #64 2 years ago
  65. zinc

    Please let it be Bayonetta 2…

    #65 2 years ago
  66. zoopdeloop

    Microsoft IS really desperate comparing their supposedly winning award exclusive games to Sony’s and listing Destiny as their exclusive

    really sad that this is what they rely to make their system sell

    I wonder if this is news worthy,or not since it’s only hyping up Microsoft around here lately ;)

    #66 2 years ago
  67. wildBoar

    Titanfall or Dead Rising 3.. I’m guessing Titanfall, I have no clue how much it cost them but hopefully below 100M though. If EA was going to milk it dry through DLC anyways they’ll still make a nifty profit.

    Man, buying all these exclusives sure does hurt the wallet huh. Over 1 billion spent already and now this.. MS has deep fucking pockets.

    #67 2 years ago
  68. tracyis300

    @zoopdeloop. I read that article and nowhere in there says that destiny is a exclusive???

    #68 2 years ago
  69. zoopdeloop

    @68 they just removed it from the listing.
    it is actually in many news sites.
    to save you the trouble

    i wonder how lower microsoft can get with these cheap tactics.

    #69 2 years ago
  70. absolutezero

    I hate you Swery, I really Goddamn hate you right now.

    #70 2 years ago
  71. sg1974

    And still months to go. At this rate they’ll be giving them away with free kittens and sunshine come launch day.

    Utter, utter panicked desperation very rarely seen on such a massive scale. But fantastic news for video game players. Congratulations to One buyers.

    #71 2 years ago
  72. lookingglass

    MS already has a stronger exclusive line up than Sony. They don’t need to fluff it with Destiny like Sony has to fluff theirs with indies.

    #72 2 years ago
  73. Lengendaryboss

    Do you ever speak with facts?

    #73 2 years ago
  74. Kreion

    Of course MS has deep pockets, what OS are you using xD Of course you couple be using a Mac or Linux so apologies if you are, but the X1 could likely fall through and MS wouldn’t exactly be in trouble as a company. The same can’t really be said for Sony because they have a LOT of their eggs in the console market and gaming, but I’m pretty sure they could keep afloat well enough if the PS4 had sold poorly, look at the Vita.

    Either way, they are both massive companies with lots of money to throw around, MS is just the bigger one with the larger wallet. If they are using that to fund 3rd party games then no-one should be complaining, that’s a good thing for all parties xD

    #74 2 years ago
  75. sg1974

    @72 Probably not the most intelligent thing to post in advance of two imminent annual conferences Sony likes to use to make big game announcements.

    Fluff? Like every PR release from MS since E3? MS are in serious trouble, effectively sacking the XBox boss a few months before launch and writing massive cheques* to devs and publishers to try and buy back lost support. They’ll succeed of course; if they do give away FIFA and buy Destiny exclusivity, their customers will benefit hugely and many will forgive them their most egregious recent errors.

    * almost certainly in the hundreds of millions

    #75 2 years ago
  76. TrickyAudio

    If it is FIFA 14, does it mean FIFA 14 will be ready for BOTH next gen consoles?

    I’d love to have FIFA 14 for the PS4 launch

    #76 2 years ago
  77. fearmonkey

    Well, that sounds great for Europe customers if true, but I hate sports games and if I bought an Xbone I wouldn’t even play it for free. Doub’t full the US would ever get a free game like that though, this is their strongest market.

    #77 2 years ago
  78. omakone

    If this rumor is true, it really smacks of desperation on the part of Microsoft. I have seen numerous articles that have hinted that the pre-sales numbers for the XBOX ONE were below the expectations. If the U.S amazon site is any indication the XBOX ONE is getting owned. Currently the standard edition PS4 is number 10 in video games sales and the XBOX ONE standard edition is number 47.

    This is great news for those that were planning to get both for the XBOX ONE, but how many additional units would Microsoft need to sell to make up the millions of dollars that they reported spent for this deal.

    #78 2 years ago
  79. taternuggets

    I love all these people claiming that MS is in trouble…. all my friends with 360′s are getting xbox ones and all my friends with ps3′s are getting ps4′s…. Both consoles will sell plenty.

    #79 2 years ago
  80. bobnice


    MS already got a bunch of shit for addidng features that neglected the people without internet. I would assume that adding a 1 year or 6 month subscription to xbox live internet service would cause the same backlash among those people without internet because the subscription would be useless to them…even though those same people complaining would be on the internet…complaining about Internet

    #80 2 years ago
  81. Lengendaryboss

    Apples and oranges: oh did those people have to check-into the internet daily to complain about the 24 check in? or was it optional to check-into the internet to complain about the 24 check in.

    Don’t try to compare what you see as hypocrisy when it isn’t even it, it ain’t even close or remotely related.

    #81 2 years ago
  82. MCTJim

    Lets see. MS gives away FIFA 14(rumored) and Sony gives away a racing that is subscription based and who is getting the backlash? Seems to me reading this, a lot of peoples feathers are ruffled…Why? a very popular game is being given for free. 60 bucks here in the states if we get the same game.

    I personally wont play the game given away if its given here for free in the states, I will give it to my buddy who didnt get a day one who loves his FIFA and has never missed an incarnation.

    in the end it doesnt matter. I am more than happy to play both systems..the one with Kinect and the one without it.

    #82 2 years ago
  83. sebastien rivas

    I agree. A fully functional kinect game would be best and best out kinect skeptical/unknowelegeable gamers like me to get us back in xbox1 bandwagon.
    Though 499 with a game that “may not” be my first choice is a bit of a gamble.

    #83 2 years ago
  84. infernalism

    #82? Can you really be more than happy though? Or fine and dandy at the same time? Seems like a situation, that happens once, maybe twice in a lifetime, and it really doesn’t involve game consoles :D

    #84 2 years ago
  85. GLENN37216

    What about THE USA? Do we get a bundled game ? Or maybe your skipping us because we think soccer sucks ?

    #85 2 years ago
  86. Joe Musashi

    @80 That’s a good point. Though it might be somewhat moot if the free game is delivered digitally.


    #86 2 years ago
  87. Cort

    @82 Sony is not giving away a free game with every PS4. Check your facts.

    And they are not paying a fortune to a third party for a massive IP in order to try and make up for a chaotic run-in and probably sales well under projections.

    It’s not the act, it’s the method and the reason.

    #87 2 years ago
  88. redwood

    @87 isn’t drive club coming free with ps4 (yes it’s a lite version but a free game is a free game)? also you have f2p titles like warframe.

    #88 2 years ago
  89. johns

    Twisted Metal, Ratchet & Clank, Gran Turismo, Resistance, Ni No Kuni, Tales of… Games, The Last of Us, MLB the Show, Heavy Rain, God of War, Infamous, Killzone, Little Big Planet, Uncharted, MAG plus many more. OR Halo, Gears of War, Forza, Fable, PGR, Crackdown, Alan Wake and a WHOLE BUNCH of Kinect games. Yea…..real tough choice lol. Especially when you consider a lot of MS games you can go ahead and play on that one thing…what’s it called? Oh yea, a PC.

    #89 2 years ago
  90. Lv01

    @88 no, as Cort said, its not giving away DriveClub away free with every PS4. DriveClub is part of the PS+ instant game collection. it just so happens that that installment of the IGC will coinside with the PS4 launch.

    #90 2 years ago

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