A new Xbox One bundle goes up for pre-order, and it includes one of the most eagerly anticipated titles in 2016 as a digital, full-game download to sway potential buyers.
The new Xbox One bundle will feature one of the most anticipated games of 2016, The Division, as a digital download alongside a 1TB console. The bundle is available for pre-order now through the Microsoft website or through retailers like Best Buy, GameStop, and the ubiquitous Amazon, and a purchase will cost gamers $399.99 USD.
It’s interesting to see Microsoft offer a bundle that doesn’t actually include a physical copy of the game, and it remains to be seen just how much of a detriment that will be to players considering pre-ordering the console and digital download combination. There’s also the awkward tension between the pre-order date of March 8th and the fact that Xbox One gamers get access to The Division‘s beta on January 28th, a full month before the actual game releases. Still, for gamers without a Xbox One who both want the console and the new game, the bundle is a nicely tied together option.
That being said, there are other options for fans who either own the Xbox One already or want a physical copy of the game. Most online retailers are also offering the Collector’s Edition of The Division for PS4 and Xbox One, which features a season pass, a cool watch replica, and an in-game Hazmat Gear set among other things. That option will cost fans $159.99 USD.
The Division certainly makes a compelling case for those who haven’t taken the current generation console plunge and are averse to PC gaming. Ever since The Division alpha gameplay footage leaked a month ago, gamers have been clamoring for more information and footage from the shared world shooter. While a new The Division trailer highlighted more about the game’s story and environment, it did little to reveal anything new about the actual gameplay that will be so crucial to the title’s success upon its release, although the hype remains as high as ever.
If The Division sounds, at least in theory, like a direct competitor to Destiny‘s current niche in the console gaming market, that’s because it likely is. IP Director Martin Hultberg recently laid out how he believes The Division will set itself apart from Destiny and offer gamers a compelling reason to switch over or play both games once Ubisoft’s title is available. It remains to be seen whether or not The Division can combat Destiny while the latter has already developed a strong connection with its player base, but it would be foolish to count out a title that has displayed so much promise in the build up to its release.
Does the 1TB The Division Xbox One bundle make you want to purchase Microsoft’s console? Will The Division prove to shake up the console shooter hierarchy the way people currently believe it will? Let us know in the comments below.
The Division will release on March 8, 2016 for PS4, Xbox One and PC.