: Polygon reports
that an Xbox One bundle including a downloadable version of Madden NFL 15
will be released on August 26, the same day the game hits the shelves. Interestingly, the Kinect-free bundle will retail for $399 -- meaning Madden
will be free for new system adopters.
is perennially one of the best-selling video game franchises in the U.S., so seeing a next-gen edition of the game go for no cost in an attempt to attract new buyers to the Xbox One is interesting -- and a competitive edge for Microsoft heading into the fall.
EA and Microsoft have enjoyed a close partnership since before the Xbox One's launch. FIFA
was a pack-in title in Europe, and had exclusive content on the Xbox One that was not available on PlayStation 4; EA and Respawn Entertainment's Titanfall
is a console exclusive for Xbox platforms; recently, EA launched
a subscription program called EA Access exclusively for Xbox One (Sony turned EA down
on that front.)