Were you hoping to download all 15.88 gigs of Titanfall ahead of time? I'm afraid Microsoft has some bad news for you.
Update 3: The Escapist just received an email from Microsoft similar to Polygon's, adding that pre-orders for retail copies of Titanfall are still available.
Update 2: Microsoft apparently posted Titanfall's pre-load option in error, according to a statement issued to Polygon. Earlier today, an option on Xbox.com appeared allowing players to buy the Xbox One version of the title and install it ahead of the official release. Now it turns out that's not the case.
"The pre-purchase offer page was posted in error. We apologize for any confusion," the Microsoft rep told Polygon.
"We believe in digital distribution, and are proud to give gamers a variety of ways to purchase and experience their games. However, pre-purchase and pre-download for Titanfall for Xbox One will not be available from Xbox Store. We'll continue to strike a balance between digital distribution and its benefits, while supporting physical games purchase through our retail partners."
Update: The page on Xbox.com listing this feature has been taken down. We have sent an email to Microsoft on the matter and will provide further updates as they become available. The original story continues below:
Titanfall has been getting some pretty great coverage with its recent beta. Now, fans who have decided they're willing to take the full plunge into Respawn's game of battling giant robots can be the first ones into the Xbox One version if they pre-load the title from Xbox Live.
On the Xbox website, Microsoft states that Xbox One owners who pre-purchase the $59.99 title via their online service can download the entire 15.88 gigabyte game ahead of its release date. Just don't expect to be able to actually play the game before 12:01 a.m., March 11, when Titanfall officially releases.
When a game is so praised that a studio has to deny paying for the good press, there are probably a few people who will want in as soon as the game launches. Just make sure you set the better part of a day aside for the download.