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If you own an Xbox 360 you're sometimes at the mercy of disc-swapping when it comes to playing larger-than-life AAA blockbusters. The average AAA game now comes with two-discs as a standard, usually one for single-player and the other for multiplayer. Well, if you decide to rent Assassin's Creed III or Halo 4 on the Xbox 360 from Redbox, you're only going to have access to one game disc.
According to Only SP Redbox is limiting renters to the single-player portions of both games. This means that if you want to try the multiplayer before you buy the game, you won't be able to do it from Redbox.
JustPushStart also confirmed that Assassin's Creed III's second disc is designated for multiplayer, as stated by the game's mission director, Philippe Bergeron...
This time around, we’re cracking at the seams. We have two disks on Xbox. The separation is made around the number of players; the singleplayer game uses one disk, while the multiplayer game requires the other.
The same applies for Halo 4, when it was confirmed both the single-player and multiplayer discs were leaked two weeks ago.
This shouldn't come as too much of a surprise given that publishers want to curb any kind of secondhand game experiences in order to boost firsthand sales. Forcing renters out of the most important features of the game is a good way to get people to do one of two things: Pirate the game or buy it at full price.
Assassin's Creed III is due out next week for Xbox 360 and PS3, while Halo 4 is set for release on November 6th exclusively on Xbox 360.