The best console launch catalogue of all time?!
According to a conference held at Gamescom 2013, the final Xbox One launch catalogue will consist of 23 powerhouse games, from a myriad of top developers. Included in the list will be Ryse: Son of Rome, Forza Motorsport 5 and Killer Instinct, all highly anticipated, Xbox exclusive titles.
In addition to the large number of games that will be readily available come launch time, Microsoft has announced that a copy of FIFA 14 will be included gratis with every single Xbox One pre-ordered in Europe, and will include an Xbox One exclusive FIFA Ultimate Team mode.
At the Gamescom 2013 Microsoft press release, coprporate VP Phil Harrison had this to say:
“… ultimately it’s the games that make Xbox One stand out, and we have the best line-up of games – we think – in the history of consoles. We clearly have strong exclusive games, and we have partnered with EA to bring FIFA to Europe in a very meaningful way. Football in Europe is the sport, and in some countries it’s the religion. I think FIFA Ultimate Team is going to be huge.”
Microsoft has stated in the past that they expect to spend in the neighborhood of $1 billion on next-generation gaming.
“The reason we do our own studio investments and investments with third-party publishers is very simple – we want to make sure the best games are on Xbox,” said Harrison. “We want to make sure the best developers bring their creativity to our platform.”