With the Fallout 4 release date just days away, Microsoft is providing details about the special extra that users get when they pre-order the game for its Xbox One entertainment console. The company says that users who place a Fallout 4 pre-order can expect their digital copy of Fallout 3 to arrive next week.
Microsoft provided more details about the Fallout 4 release for Xbox One owners this morning in a post on Major Nelson, its news blog. Announced just before the E3 2015 trade show, Fallout 4 takes players to the Boston area hundreds of years after a nuclear event destroys civilization as we know it. Traditional RPG elements like character creation and crafting are in the game. There’s some base creation and action play sprinkled throughout the experience too. Microsoft said earlier this year that it would give anyone that pre-ordered Fallout 4 a digital copy of Fallout 3.
Fallout 4 buyers can expect their digital copy of Fallout 3 to arrive on November 12th, days after the Fallout 4 release day. Many assumed that the pre-order bonus would only be for users who purchase directly through the Xbox Store, but that’s not the case at all. Everyone who purchases a digital or physical copy of the game will get Fallout 3 at no additional charge. Microsoft says that it’s including a digital copy of Fallout 3 with the game because Fallout 4 instead of Fallout: New Vegas is its direct sequel.
Fallout 4 will likely be the biggest role-playing game release this year. Die hard fans have waited for years for a sequel to the game, with nothing but rumors and speculation to keep them satisfied. In fact, the game’s so hotly anticipated that a special edition of the game, called Pip Boy Edition, has repeatedly sold out since the Fallout 4 release date was announced.
Microsoft’s post is careful to note that users who purchase its Xbox One Fallout 4 Bundle will get digital copies of Fallout 4 and Fallout 3 with their purchase. That makes sense as Microsoft is hoping that offering the game with a console and an extra will help convince users to upgrade to an Xbox One this holiday season instead of Sony’s PS4. In fact, November 10th marks the final day in Microsoft’s new releases campaign to unseat the PS4 at the top of sales charts. On that day, Rise of the Tomb Raider also launches. Those who buy Tomb Raider get a copy of that game’s predecessor too.
Fallout 4 buyers have to wait until November 12th to play their digital copy of Fallout 3 because that’s when the company plans to launch the New Xbox One Experience. Microsoft has let members of its Xbox One Preview Program test Xbox One Backwards Compatibility for months, but it’ll arrive for the public with this update. The feature basically turns the Xbox One into an Xbox 360, complete with Guide, multiplayer access and Xbox Live parties. Downloadable content for games is supported for Xbox 360 games through the feature too, but users have to purchase those add-ons online.
Tomb Raider and Fallout 3 are just two of the games that Microsoft plans to have available for users on November 12th. Borderlands is coming to the program too. Many of the Xbox 360’s exclusive titles will get updates to support the feature. At least 100 titles are slated for the New Xbox One Experience’s launch, with more coming over time.
Theoretically, Fallout 4 buyers should receive a code for their download through a message on Xbox Live beginning on November 12th. Anyone with a physical copy of a game included in the program can unlock a digital download for Xbox One by placing their disc in their Xbox One’s drive. Digital downloads purchased from the Xbox Store will surface in the My Games & Apps area automatically.