Titanfall is definitely Microsoft’s big play at capturing the hardcore gaming audience. While exclusives such as Forza Motorsport 5 and Quantum Break look great, the new first-person shooter from Respawn Entertainment sounds like it’s shaping up to be something special. But despite being exclusive to the Xbox platforms and PC for the time being, there’s still a very good chance that it could come to the PlayStation 4.
Speaking with Eurogamer.net at E3 2013 last week, lead artist Joel Emslie was forced to field the difficult question regarding Sony’s next generation machine. “[A PS4 version] is definitely not out of the question,” he said. “We love all of our fans, whatever console they support. So, yeah, we want to make everybody happy, but this is where we’re at right now.”
Respawn Entertainment – which comprises of much of the core team from Call of Duty creator Infinity Ward – has issued a number of reasons behind Titanfall’s console exclusivity, ranging from Microsoft’s ambiguous cloud technology through to the size of its studio. In reality, it’s most likely down to a financial agreement between the Xbox maker and publisher EA Games.
We suspect that the deal will likely last for a year, which means that you’ll probably be playing Titanfall on the PS4 in 2015. Divisive industry analyst Michael Pachter reckons that the contract cost the Redmond-based organisation around $50 million, which just sounds utterly insane from where we’re sitting. Still, it spent a similar sum on two timed exclusive expansion packs for Grand Theft Auto IV, so we can believe it.