This holiday season, Microsoft seems intent on proving itself to be the company with the largest amount of console bundles for the Xbox One. Just within the span of this week, the tech firm has announced individual bundles with The LEGO Movie Video Game, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Gears of War:Ultimate Edition / Ori and the Blind Forest / Rare Replay (a three-in-one game package), and one built around the Kinect motion-sensor. A bevy of others have been promised as well, such as the bundle with Halo 5: Guardians and another focusing on Forza Motorsport 6, both of which are system exclusives.
While Microsoft will surely appease plenty of gaming fans with the aforementioned collections, today’s reveal of an Xbox One bundle with Fallout 4 will definitely clinch a huge chunk of the market, especially since Bethesda’s forthcoming entry for the post-apocalyptic RPG franchise is arguably the most anticipated title of the year. The system package is set to launch alongside the release of Fallout 4 in November.
Retailing at $400, the combo deal contains an Xbox One with 1 TB of memory, a single controller, a physical copy of Fallout 4, a download code for Fallout 3, and a 14-day Xbox Live Gold trial. Should fans be happy with their current Xbox One and wish to eschew the bundle, they can also obtain a digital version of Fallout 3 for free by pre-ordering Fallout 4. And surely by that point, Microsoft will have made Fallout 3 backward compatible for the system as the company previously announced in July.
The Fallout 4 bundle is simply a single part of Microsoft’s association with Bethesda. As previously announced, the mod tools for the game will be available for Xbox One before being released later for the PlayStation 4. Not to mention, many fans noticed the partnership affecting the initial accessibility of the title’s Season Pass and DLC pre-orders, as the chance to do so was offered up to Xbox One owners first.
Timed-exclusivity is definitely nothing new in the gaming industry, and there are plenty of examples of the practice, like Square Enix’s deal with Xbox to allow Rise of the Tomb Raider to be released on Microsoft’s console first. However, as many people can attest, the procedure can be frustrating, as it forces fans who can only afford to game on one system to wait for content that could otherwise be obtainable to them from the get-go. But regarding Fallout 4, at least Bethesda confirmed that the title’s DLC will not be platform exclusive.
At any rate, after several days of Microsoft revealing an appealing array of console bundles, the company saved the Fallout 4 and Xbox One pairing as its bombshell for the end of the week, as it’s undoubtedly the strongest one being offered. And sure, PlayStation 4 has its fair share of solid system bundles too – the Destiny: The Taken King and Batman: Arkham Knight packages come to mind – but the sheer number of Microsoft’s game and system packages might end up drowning Sony’s console sales during the holiday season.
Fallout 4 is set to release on November 10, 2015 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.