More free-to-play games are coming to the Xbox One, promises Phil Spencer, corporate vice president of Microsoft Game Studios. When asked about upcoming free games for the next-gen console on Feb. 23, Spencer responded “Yes. Good success with F2P on 360 will mean things come to Xbox One. We’ll announce them closer to their launches.”
The Xbox 360 has seen a number of successful free-to-play games, such as 2012’s “Happy Wars,” which has accrued more than 6 million players since its launch.
Microsoft is also slashing the price of the Xbox One in the U.K. on Feb. 28, from £429.99 to £399.99. Xbox U.K. Marketing Director Harvey Eagle confirmed Microsoft won’t be reducing the console’s price tag anywhere else. "We are very happy with the success of Xbox One," Eagle said to GameSpot on Feb. 24. "It's been our fastest-selling ever console in the U.K., and I think we've seen already that both [the Xbox One and PS4] have been tremendously successful in a short period of time and that's only good for the industry. We are just a few months into a generation that's going to last for many years to come. We see this therefore as a marathon, and it's something we're committed to for the long haul."
Eagle added that “we're doing this because it will generate sales, absolutely. I think it's a great deal for people in the UK to get a next-gen machine for £399 including Kinect, including ‘Titanfall,’ in the box. Yeah, it's a great deal and hopefully lots of people will take up the offer."
Microsoft also recently announced a limited edition “Titanfall” Xbox One bundle will be available on March 11. The bundle will come with a standard Xbox One, wireless controller, wired headset, “Titanfall” download code and a one-month Xbox Live Gold subscription. Unfortunately, the bundle won’t come with the limited edition “Titanfall” controller.
Xbox One is already rolling out the updates for the upcoming first-person shooter. “In many ways, the launch of ‘Titanfall’ will enable us to deliver the first truly next generation multiplayer game -- one that will take advantage of the new party and chat improvements we’re delivering, build on the power of the cloud in a way only Microsoft can and connect fans on Xbox Live, home of the best multiplayer and service in gaming,” Corporate Vice President Yusuf Mehdi said in a blog post on Feb. 24. “With Xbox One, we invested in features like multiplayer alerts so you never miss a match while watching TV and so much more.”