Rumor: FIFA 14 free with every Xbox One in Europe
posted on 08.19.13 at 01:02 PM EDT by (@salromano)
Deal thought to have cost Microsoft "further millions in budget."

FIFA 14 will come free with every Xbox One in Europe, “two senior games industry sources” have told MCV.

Meanwhile, a “source with knowledge of the deal” has told CVG similar, saying a “major third-party title” will come included with the system. The title of the game is not mentioned, though it it said to be a “major” holiday release. The deal is thought to have cost Microsoft “further millions in budget.”

Different from the MCV story, the CVG story claims the game is a “unique Xbox One exclusive” being saved for a Gamescom announcement.

Microsoft previously said it had an announcement around “Europe’s biggest game franchise” planned for Gamescom, and FIFA 14 being included with every system seems well in line with that.

Even so, mark this as a rumor for now.

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  • bldudas

    So they are trying to bribe people into buying their system? That’s what it seems to me.

    • Alex Plant

      Both Sony and Microsoft do this all the time.

      • bldudas

        I know.

      • DarthNemesis

        Sony has never done this before. This is not a bundle deal and it shows how desperate MS is. Its sad really.Why not spend that money on exclusive game development.Then people wonder why MS gets criticized.

  • SuperLuigi

    If this is true xbone is gonna sell like crazy.

    • DarthNemesis

      Ah nope ps4 + FIFA is still cheaper

      • sunK1D

        Assuming F14 isn’t a X1 exclusive..

      • AdamBoy64

        That’ll depend on the region. Over here it’ll be a good $30-50 cheaper to buy a Xbox One then a PS4 + Fifa.

  • Solomon_Kano

    Well, that’d be a rather brilliant way for them to hit the ground running in Europe (where they’ve typically trailed behind Sony).

    Let’s see if it pays off for them. Can’t help but wonder how much it’s costing them, though.

  • TetsuyaHikari

    Europeans getting a football game with their bundle? Well, no surprise there. North America would probably get generic FPS/Halo with theirs, lol.

    • VaultBreaker

      I doubt same thing would happen to north america,if it does probably it will be COD: ghost, wouldn’t mind FPS if it is as good as Bioshock which is a rare thing.

      • TetsuyaHikari

        I’m just saying if it did. Just poking fun at culture here. If XBOX One was coming out in Japan, I’d say it would be bundled with an RPG.

        So forth and so on.

        • VaultBreaker

          Talking about JRPG there isn’t much of them in Next Gen hopefuly TGS bring some surprises.

          • TetsuyaHikari

            My point was hypothetical anyway, since once again… XBOX One isn’t releasing in Japan.


  • Coloso90909

    400€+70€ = 470€<500€…

    PS4 is still cheaper.

  • EspadaKiller

    Blah, buying a PS4 + a FIFA 14 will still be cheaper than Xbox One. Lmao.

  • shogunknight

    Wow, now thats very smart and decisive

  • DesmaX

    Whoa, that would be impressive

  • Zancrow

    Tch, fuck you, EA.
    Why people still buy FIFA even though EA screws everyone over mystifies me.

    • TetsuyaHikari

      Winning Eleven > FIFA

      Just saying :3

      • VaultBreaker

        To be honest when it comes to sport games,it would be a matter of preference.some people prefer to play fifa while others choose pes.Mostly because of the control system.

        • TetsuyaHikari

          Sure. Preference if you have no standards and want a shitty control scheme. Honestly, I think FIFA just sells on the name alone, kind of like Madden.

          • VaultBreaker

            Shitty? It actually has wide variation of moves though,yeah it is hard to execute but it is good.And no it doesn’t sell on the name alone,mostly people buy Fifa because they have the complete license for all the football team.

            • TetsuyaHikari

              And how do you think they got the license? Sponsoring. In other words, it DOES sell on the name alone.

              Winning Eleven has always been overshadowed because of this, but it seems to have a more stable system, honestly. Regardless, it’s not a sell out, so a lot of people go with FIFA instead and just settle for shit just so they can have all the teams, lol.

              • VaultBreaker

                As far as I know people has been saying that while PES gameplay is realistic it is not as smooth as FIFA.And it was said too that Fifa did some changes in every entry while PES is not.I couldn’t care less about this,but I don’t see why simple gameplay mechanic would be a shitty gameplay.

                • TetsuyaHikari

                  Ah, realistic. Yeah, that’s what I meant when saying “stable”. I’ve always felt Winning Eleven has a more realistic system than FIFA, but that’s neither here nor there, I suppose.

                  Different strokes for different folks and all that.

          • McPoo

            I don’t think that’s right, mate. What exactly about Pro Evo is so superior? The control scheme is completely customisable so that can’t be the issue.

            And it’s a sports game, can you blame people for wanting all the teams?

            EDIT: Still waiting on clarification regarding ‘shitty control scheme’. The way I see it, you’ve either articulated your point (very) poorly, or you don’t know what you’re talking about. Or I could have misunderstood it.

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    • McPoo

      Because its fun? I don’t buy it on release, but when it’s down to twenty quid I’ll pick it up. It’s a great game to play with friends over.

      • Zancrow

        Get Pro Evo, bro.
        All versions get the Fox Engine, not like FIFA, where the PC versions don’t get the new engine.

        • McPoo

          I used to always buy Pro Evo, swore by it. It was the definitive football game, in my opinion.

          Somewhere around 10 though, it lost it. It stopped evolving, the mechanics grew stale, the online was dire. At this point FIFA really does outclass it in every single way.

          • MosquitoLemon

            That’s sad, it was the business back around 7,8,9. Hope the next one brings something new

            • McPoo

              It used to be so much fun. As students we never played the latest one, but Pro Evo 2008 was the best one in my opinion.

              I think it was the World Cup FIFA game that actually got me into the series. Since then, I can’t go back to Pro Evo, even on a handheld. It just doesn’t compare.

              I think I played all the Pro Evos up until 2011 or 12, when I just thought its not even trying anymore.

  • TheExile285

    Microsoft seems to be trying very hard….

    • McPoo

      Well obviously, they want to sell lots.

  • McPoo

    Wow, smart move if true. The UK is very much Xbox territory as it is, if they throw in FIFA I can see this swaying a lot of people

  • 浪黒雷 (Roland Gmyrek)

    Now that’s what I call “buying yourself a competitive edge”. FIFA is huge in EU so it might tip the scales slightly in MS’s favor. I couldn’t care less about sports games but the EU-mainstream console gamer does. Never underestimate MS and their huge pile of cash to burn. I wonder, however, how much further EA want to antagonize/alienate Sony with all their preferential treatment of MS/XO courtesy of MS’s greens. Titanfall looks boring and is visually extremely underwhelming so I doubt Sony actually care about that exclusivity deal but EU has always been PS and FIFA territory so this deal could actually harm PS4’s success somewhat.

    • Ανώνυμος

      Am a European and I do not play football in video games. Most of Football gamers actually prefer Pro Evolution. This could not have been a more stereotypic reaction from MS, I would prefer if it had 2-3 different bundles, like Fifa for those who want sports, BF4 for those who want shooters, and any other title from EAs games

      • 浪黒雷 (Roland Gmyrek)

        I’m German and I kinda agree. In Germany lots of console-gamers actually prefer PES to FIFA. But in the UK (still one of the biggest, if not the biggest European console market[s]) FIFA is all the rage. It’s a smart strategic move but ultimately I doubt it’s gonna pay off for MS. EA will probably be the only winners here. GamesCom, TGS and the months leading up top launch will be friggin’ exciting.

  • jeb

    You still can buy a PS4 and Fifa 14 for 40 bucks cheaper, but I guess this works as a marketing gimmick.

    • AdamBoy64

      Ah, that’s interesting. It depends on region, over here that’s not the case as the price difference between the two systems here is pretty small.

  • Deusxmachina

    Even if MS cured cancer, people would still bitch about it. It’s really sad.

    • TetsuyaHikari

      Actually, MS would be more like Jack Kevorkian a.k.a. Dr. Death, lol. They would end lives, but people would bitch about it, despite it being the person’s choice to do so (in this case, the player’s). You’d have to want a deathwish to follow MS at this point.

      Gaming is dead for them. I don’t see them competing next gen, to be perfectly honest.

      • VaultBreaker

        They would compete in next gen,it’s just that they could lose the next gen only by the bitter taste Xbox One policies given to us at e3.Deathwish is kinda harsh,digging your own grave is a better definition.Not that you need to use the grave or anything but IF XBOX one would revert back to their e3 policies you could use the grave for your Xbox One.

        • TetsuyaHikari

          Deathwish, digging your own grave, etc.

          I still don’t see a bright future for MS, honestly. It’s as if, ever since E3, there has been an expiration date revealed for their company. Well, in regards to the console market anyway. They’re still on stable ground for PCs and such.

          Sony has the PS4 and Vita, Nintendo may have done poorly with the Wii U, but at least they still have the 3DS, but Microsoft is just up shit creek without a paddle with the XBOX One. After this, I don’t think anybody is going to look the same way at Microsoft again (hell, some already done).

    • rockman29

      equating curing cancer with a selfish motivations of a company to make a profit for itself is a complete disrespect for all the millions of people worldwide who work to treat cancer patients and seek cures

  • SuperLuigi

    Why is this a bad thing to people? Free game is free and Europe for the most part loves Fifa.

    • AdamBoy64

      It’s… a really.. really good deal.
      Very smart of Microsoft to target Europe in this way.

  • Pain777sev

    We are not angry about the deal it is that they squat, tell us to open our mouths and swallow their dung. Now, they know that they are not going to get our money nor our freedom to do what we want with what we purchase on disc so they make deals to bully the market. Worst thing is that they can flip flop back to the old policies later on and say ooops like they have now because the system is still the same they just want that early adopter money. Microsoft is a turn off gaming wise no matter the incentives they showed their true colors of what they really want so… I don’d and won’t trust them again. We made the xbox what it is today and they treated us like thieving addicts who pirate games all day and can’t live without gaming. News flash if Sony and Nintendo followed Xbox I would have found a new hobby… believe it.

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  • CeroSuerte

    Desperation is an ugly beast.. 1st you try to dectate how ppl play and buy your console & now your begging them to buy it.. Wonder what happens after they do??

    But still, smart maneuver if its true..

    • McPoo

      Right, so when Sony officially announce a PS4/Vita bundle, I assume you’ll complain about how desperate they are to to push the Vita, and how evil it is of them to essentially turn it into a PS4 streamer?

  • kiri25

    This in my opinion just shows how MS expects to do well in North America. This to me is like MS saying “ohhh we don’t have EU so let’s add a free game they enjoy so they’ll buy our system. As for America they are our loyal customers who will believe whatever we say, so no point in giving them anything free.”