Launch pushed to 2014 in Russia, Nordic countries, and some other European markets as localization difficulties blamed
At E3, Microsoft said it would have Xbox One launching in 21 markets around the world this November. Today, the company acknowledged that goal was too aggressive, and pushed back the launch window for eight of those markets to “as soon as possible in 2014.”
Countries affected by the delay include Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Sweden, and Switzerland.
“While we wish we could launch Xbox One simultaneously in these markets, there are many factors that determine the timing of specific market launches,” Microsoft said. “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.”
The company also announced a make-good for those who had already preordered the Xbox One Day One system in those markets. Those customers will receive an unspecified pack-in game with their console when it arrives next year.
Microsoft is still planning to launch the Xbox One in 13 regions this November, including Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States.