Kotaku Australia has learned that JB Hi-Fi stores from around Australia will begin advertising a special Xbox bundle from tomorrow, termed “Race Wars”.
The advertisement is due to appear in catalogues from tomorrow, with the bundle containing a console, Halo Wars 2 and Forza Horizon 3. The bone of contention is the name for the bundle, although in a note to staff JB Hi-Fi’s management suggests that people remind customers of the origins of the reference.
“We have been advised that some store staff who have seen the catalogue have interpreted the title in a more political context,” the internal memo reads. “Please note that it is intended purely as a reference from the Fast and the Furious franchise … please share with your teams to ensure they have the background if consumers come at this from a political angle.”
Microsoft confirmed with Kotaku Australia that they were not responsible for the bundle’s creation, or its promotion. A similar bundle has been selling at EB Games, featuring an Xbox One S 1TB console, the two games, and a three month subscription to Stan, but EB hasn’t assigned a nickname or moniker for the offering. Kotaku Australia has also seen a picture of the catalogue in question that will be advertised from tomorrow.
JB Hi-Fi was contacted for comment but had not replied by the time of writing.
Update: You can see the term as printed in JB Hi-Fi’s gaming catalogue in our follow-up below.