Microsoft today is going through yet another PR nightmare regarding its upcoming next-generation console, the Xbox One. Though the company had promised at E3 that the console would be launching in 21 countries across the world, it today announced that number has been slashed to only 13. As expected, the news hasn’t gone over well in the eight countries that had their Xbox One launches pushed back to next year, which include the Scandinavian countries, the Netherlands, Russia, Belgium, and Switzerland.
It seems that Microsoft was somewhat prepared for the backlash this time, however. The company has released another detail about the Xbox One launch, ending the day with something resembling good news for the console.
Xbox One will feature a “Season Pass Guarantee” that allows gamers upgrading to the One from the 360 to keep their existing DLC. For example, someone who buys Watch Dogs on the Xbox 360 in November along with that game’s season pass, then buys an Xbox One next year will not have to re-invest in a season pass for Watch Dogs on the One.
Of course, gamers will still have to be Xbox Live members and buy such a game twice to enjoy the season pass benefit. This makes it a feature best taken advantage of by gamers who play one game, such as (Madden or Call of Duty), extensively.
Not every cross-generation game will be supported by the Season Pass Guarantee, but Microsoft did say publishers Activision, EA, and Ubisoft are on-board. Specific titles supporting the feature will be announced “in the coming months,” but it’s safe to assume big launch-window titles such as Call of Duty: Ghosts, Battlefield 4, and Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag will be part of the program.