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Update: Titanfall Cannot Be Pre-Loaded
Update: Titanfall’s pre-load page was removed from Xbox.com. Microsoft said that the “pre-purchase offer page was posted in error. We apologize for any confusion.”
Microsoft issued a statement to Polygon saying, “We believe in digital distribution, and are proud to give gamers a variety of ways to purchase and experience their games. However, pre-purchase and pre-download for Titanfall for Xbox One will not be available from Xbox Store. We’ll continue to strike a balance between digital distribution and its benefits, while supporting physical games purchase through our retail partners.”
Original Story: Respawn Entertainment’s highly anticipated sci-fi shooter, Titanfall, will support digital pre-purchase and pre-load on Xbox One. News come way of a listing on Xbox.com, first discovered by a NeoGAF user. Customers can pay upfront in full for the digital version of the game on Xbox One. It will then be downloaded, all 15.88 GBs of it, ahead of the March 11 release date. These digital copies will “not be playable until after 12:01 AM PST on the release date in your country.” Also, refunds aren’t included with the purchase, per usual.
Microsoft also revealed that it will discount Xbox Live 12-month subscriptions by $20 ahead of the game’s launch. Customers can purchase a physical card, or a download code, for $40 on the Microsoft Store. Amazon is also offering the same deal, but its only selling physical cards.
Titanfall just had a successful open-beta, which Microsoft and Respawn made public after only one day. Xbox One is doing well commercially, but it’s still being outsold by Playstation 4. Titanfall’s release next month will surely help spike the console’s sales numbers.
Titanfall will release on PC and Xbox One March 11 in North America, March 13 in the UK, and March 14 in Australia. The Xbox 360 version will release on March 25.