Yesterday the Xbox Leadership Team announced that their initial goal for the Xbox One launch may have been a bit aggressive. The original goal of 21 markets has been cut down to a lucky 13, the rest will have to wait until 2014. The Leadership Team’s statement is as follows:
“At E3, we announced that Xbox One would be available in 21 markets around the world at launch. This was an aggressive goal and the team has been working very hard to deliver Xbox One to as many markets as possible.
Our priority is ensuring our customers get the best Xbox One experience the first day it is available. To do that, and in order to meet demand, we have adjusted the number of markets that will receive Xbox One in November to 13 markets, including Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Spain, United Kingdom, United States and New Zealand, in November.
We remain committed to launching Xbox One in Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, as soon as possible in 2014.
While we wish we could launch Xbox One simultaneously in these markets, there are many factors that determine the timing of specific market launches. This includes work to localize the Xbox One dash, incorporate additional voice and languages, and build partnerships to bring apps and meaningful local content to each country.”
Xbox fans that have already pre-ordered in the left-out countries will receive a free pack-in game with their console when it does eventually launch, and should follow up with the local retailer that they pre-ordered with closer to the launch date.