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E3 2013: Respawn Entertainment Not Ruling Out Titanfall for PS4

Posted by Sammy Barker

Rising expectations

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 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.


User Comments (12)



MadchesterManc said:

Not really much interested in Titanfall. I have a couple of friends that are going a bit crazy for this but it just looks like CoD with mechs to me plus the graphics aint too great/art style isnt appealing. Hell with it running on the source engine I could probably run it as well as the Xbox One on my PC. So yeah. Not really interested but if I ever do decide to try it, PC it is



InsertNameHere said:

I'm not interested in Titanfall, whatsoever. It looks like what you would get 9 months after you let CoD and Mech Assault spend a drunken night together.



Cowboysfan-22 said:

I thought the multiplayer was pretty cool. But yea just another FPS to add to the collection... I'd try it though..



BlueProxy said:

Ugh... MS, you and all your money! Screw creativity, throw cash at them, and block Sony. That should work.



Weskerb said:

The only game from Microsoft's presentation that made me jealous. I've been eagerly anticipating Respawn's first game and it sucks that I won't be able to play it until after a year. Why you have to piss me off Microsoft!? It's not like I'm going to buy that ridiculous console of yours to play one game.



Gamer83 said:

I despise both EA and MS these days. Hope the game tanks but it probably won't



get2sammyb said:

@ShogunRok I just wonder if it proves popular whether this may become the new Gears of War. The way Microsoft's positioning it, they clearly think of it as an exclusive. There's nothing stopping Gears of War from coming to PlayStation platforms, but it never has. I just wonder if this will end up the same way.

The difference is, EA are involved...



ShogunRok said:

@get2sammyb I think since EA are publishing I can't see it not happening. Plus the way Respawn are answering these questions would suggest Microsoft's deal with them is timed.

If it proves to be a huge hit? Microsoft might throw yet more money at them. But it would have to be a massive amount of money to stop EA from profiting on another console with its own install base.

All about the money 'innit?



Lopezdm said:

If this is true this will be a huge blow to Microsoft. This game has been the cornerstone of argument as to which system to buy.



DoublezZ01 said:

This was pretty obvious, since they clearly stated it was 1 of there exclusives lol, pretty funny cuz this was like the only game they showed that peaked my interst! pretty messed up since it the closest thing to a mech game on next gen hardware =,( ...was waiting to hear some news on some new mech games comming out on the new console!

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