Quantum Break is coming out world wide on the 5th of April from Remedy Entertainment and Microsoft Studios. If you buy the game then you are also eligible for Alan Wake and the DLC packs The Signal and The Writer as part of Backwards Compatibility. If you pre-ordered the bonus you were meant to get was Alan Wake’s American Nightmare but due to rating system’s that is no longer the case for purchasers in the UK.
In the UK Quantum Break and Alan Wake is PEGI 16 while Alan Wake’s American Nightmare is PEGI 18. This difference in age requirements causes an issue for any case where someone under the age of 18 has pre-ordered Quantum Break and for their preorder they will get a game that they normally wouldn’t be able to purchase. The solution that Microsoft has arrived at for this issue is instead offering Kameo: Elements of Power as a pre-order bonus for those in the UK. Kameo was released way back in 2005 as an original launch title for the Xbox 360 and has a PEGI 12 rating.
There is a work around for those who pre-ordered Quantum Break from physical stores like GAME, as they are allowing you to present your ID showing that you’re older than 18 when you pick up the game for an American Nightmare code according to Eurogamer. For anyone though that is under the age of 18 or has ordered the game online whether it be a physical copy from Amazon or digitally from Xbox you will have no ability to get American Nightmare as the preorder bonus. The Amazon UK page for Quantum Break has explained the change as follows:
Unfortunately we have had to make a slight change to the pre-order bonus for Quantum Break. We are no longer able to offer Alan Wake’s American Nightmare as the bonus content. However, we still want to make sure that you can get to play a classic Xbox 360 game on your Xbox One when you pre-order Quantum Break, so instead we are excited to offer you a code for Kameo: Elements of Power. We will be sending this over by email as per the terms and conditions below and we hope you enjoy playing with your new free game.
This issue is unlikely to effect North America as the ESRB has rated Quantum Break as a Mature game while American Nightmare was only a Teen game. As for other PEGI areas we are looking for more information and reaching out to Microsoft and Remedy for more information.
Both American Nightmare and Kameo: Elements of Power are available to play on Xbox One as part of Backwards Compatibility so if you already own either of those games then you are already able to play them.
What do you think of the swap of American Nightmare for Kameo? Did you get the pre-order bonus you wanted? Let us know in the comments below!