New ‘Assassin’s Creed: Origins’ Xbox One S Bundles Coming Later This Month – Forbes

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The box for the 1TB bundle.

Today, Microsoft has announced two new Xbox One S bundles that will release alongside the upcoming and newest entry in Ubisoft’s long-running line of hay bale diving simulators, Assassin’s Creed Origins.

The first bundle, a box featuring the console with a rather paltry 500GB hard drive, will include a full download code for the new game, a wireless controller, a 14-day Xbox Live Gold trial and a 1-month subscription for Xbox Game Pass (which is a really great service, by the way). Strangely, and according to the good folks over at Microsoft, this release will show up “in all Xbox One markets except for the U.S., China, Japan, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Mexico”. Not sure about the reasoning behind that. Maybe these territories have made it known that they’re not interested in the smaller storage capacity? Questions aside, you won’t be able to buy this in the U.S.

The second bundle, which will launch “in all Xbox One markets except China, Colombia, Denmark, Finland, Japan, Norway and Sweden” (as in, you’ll be able to find this at your local American Best Buy), is really the better deal anyway. Retailing for $349, it sports a much more suitable 1TB hard drive and includes both a download code for Assassin’s Creed Origins as well as one for Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege. Of course, it will also come with a controller in addition to the aforementioned service trials.

What’s kind of a bummer is that both of these bundled consoles are just the standard white coloring rather than some kind of cool assassin-themed aesthetic. And it’s not like Microsoft isn’t capable of churning out a really interesting hardware variant, as proved by the awesome limited edition Minecraft console I unboxed earlier this week. Ubisoft’s new game takes place in ancient Egypt, so why not glue some wind-blown sand onto the system shell, macaroni art-style? Maybe coat it with faux palm fronds? Hell, if they re-shaped the damn thing into a textured pyramid and I’d buy ten of them.

Regardless, if you don’t currently own an Xbox One S, have decided to wait on the Xbox One X and are eagerly anticipating Origins, the 1TB deal might just be the way to go. Both bundles should hit stores on October 27.

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