The word came from Xbox Europe's social marketing manager Graeme Boyd, who announced on Twitter: "Had a few questions on this so wanted to clarify: FIFA 14 will only come free with Xbox One Day One Edition pre-orders, while stocks last.."
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Day One editions are much rarer - Amazon has now sold out - so the news has understandably got some gamers pretty annoyed already.
It's currently unclear whether this is a change of policy by Microsoft or whether the original tweet that claimed "All pre-orders come with FIFA 14 in Europe" was an error.
Boyd later confirmed that anyone who gets a FIFA 14 download code but doesn't fancy it themselves can give it to a friend. We're not sure that'll be enough to make up for this blunder.