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Respawn Entertainment's Titanfall Skips PlayStation Platforms

Posted by Sammy Barker

For the time being, anyway

Microsoft’s unprecedented partnership with EA Games has kicked up its first exclusive: Titanfall. A leaked issue of Game Informer magazine has revealed the Respawn Entertainment developed title for the Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC. The studio states that it’s skipping other platforms – namely the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 – because it would be “too difficult” for a small team. That and the truckload of cash parked outside of its office, presumably.

Still, it’s not ruling out a multiformat release. “It’s not to say that we won’t [go multiplatform] in the future,” reads a quote from the cover story posted on NeoGAF. “But for our first game we wanted to focus on making the best game that we could.” In other words, this is a timed exclusive – probably for a year or so.

But does the title even sound interesting? Well, it’s from the team that formerly worked on the Call of Duty series, so it’s already got some strong pedigree behind it. The game appears to be a multiplayer-focused first-person shooter affair, in which you’ll be able to pilot nimble mechs known as Titans. Apparently it’s being built using the Source engine, and will run at 60 frames-per-second.

We’re sure that we’ll be seeing lots more of the game at E3. In the mean time, point your peepers through here for more information from the article. Are you disappointed that this is skipping Sony’s systems? Let us know in the comments section below.

[via play.google.com, neogaf.com, neogaf.com]

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User Comments (21)

acdramon

#1

acdramon said:

Wow, too "difficult" when freemium and indie devs are pouring into PS4?I can maybe get PS3 (MAYBE!), but PS4? MS choke hold obviously.

rjejr

#2

rjejr said:

Sounds like MechWarrior, which my brain associates w/ MS, so this being an exclusive makes sense. And it's a FPS, so another one to MS. Big truck full of cash probably doesn't hurt.

MS probably needs EA more than Sony does, and Nintendo has it's first party stuff and Ubisoft's sometimes wavering support (I'm pretty sure Ubisoft paid for that U in WiiU), let's hope Sony pulls something out at E3, cause I'm starting to get nervous.

MS has no where to go but up at E3, any game they show is 1 more than they have so far, and Nintendo is ducking the spotlight for some probably big game reveals involving Mario and friends. Sony need something besides the console reveal. Unbridled excitement is giving way to butterflies.

Sanquine

#3

Sanquine said:

Ha ! I knew it ! 2 biggest @s*hole gaming companies . M$ thanks for 3 times rrod :) Ea thanks for killing sim city... Game breaking bugs

ShogunRokAdmin

#5

ShogunRok said:

Eh, I'm finding it hard to care. I'm sure it'll be a good game but if the leaks are true, then it sounds like every other shooter - WITH BIG, BROWN ROBOTS.

Also, their excuse for exclusivity is pathetic. Just come out and tell the truth.

ViciousDS

#6

ViciousDS said:

kids don't care about mechs and i could careless about this multiplayer only exclusive.

Try again microsoft Halo, Gears and this are not enough to pull me in.

because Halo 3 was the last good halo and the first gears was the best one that i only cared about.

Gemuarto

#7

Gemuarto said:

Now we know why EA killed Overstrike(FUSE). They found more popular developers to make Borderlands clone.

get2sammybAdmin

#8

get2sammyb said:

@ShogunRok If it's what I'm imagining in my mind, it could be cool. For me personally, though, the multiplayer emphasis puts me off. I don't really play much multiplayer these days, even though I enjoy the odd round of Call of Duty or Battlefield.

The fact that they're outsourcing the 360 version makes it pretty transparent that this is under contract from Microsoft. They could have easily outsourced a PS3 version, too.

Still, this is the way that Microsoft operates. I'm not privy to the financials but it strikes me as a silly strategy. Why put so much investment into a property that you don't own? When Sony invests millions into Uncharted or whatever, at least it actually owns the brand.

ShogunRokAdmin

#9

ShogunRok said:

@get2sammyb It's really the short-term, quick and easy way of acquiring exclusive content isn't it? Personally i don't think it's a good strategy in the long run, but then again when you have pockets as deep as Microsoft does that even really matter?

Gemuarto

#10

Gemuarto said:

@get2sammyb By making multiplatform games ther exclusives, they not only get exclusives, but also steal games from Sony's platforms.. The same thing Nintendo did with Monster Hunter. This is really very dirty practice, if you ask me.

get2sammybAdmin

#11

get2sammyb said:

@Gemuarto Right, but when Titanfall 2 goes multiplatform, what was the point? The Xbox may now be associated with the brand, and they may have sold a few extra consoles in between, but they still have nothing to show for it at the end? They would have been better forming their own studio or something?

DeHorror1975

#12

DeHorror1975 said:

"Truckload of cash," is right, it had nothing to do with them making "the best game possible." What an insulting joke! Just come out and say that Microsoft gave you Bill Gates retirement to be exclusive on that underpowered POS xbox one. I wish they wouldn't insult our intelligence.

Gemuarto

#13

Gemuarto said:

@get2sammyb But you must admit that trick that Nintendo made with Monster Hunter really makes harder for Sony to sell Vita. And DLCs for GTA IV, for example, were great examples of this strategy, too. Not sure if Titanfall will be good enough, though. But I agree with you, it's much more healthy for industry when big studious like Microsoft create new teams, or support some new developers with great potential, instead of buying exclusivity of multiplatform games.

Stuffgamer1

#14

Stuffgamer1 said:

I really couldn't care less about the game itself anyway. I don't care for first-person, mechs, or the studio's pedigree. That said, the CoD drones might get excited for this, so it's probably a good move for MS. Dirty, but smart.

The_Chenger_123

#15

The_Chenger_123 said:

@get2sammyb Do you see Sony coming back with something like this?
Id personally love to see Sony lock up Cyberpunk 2077, as a timed exclusive, theres something about that game that hooked me!

TromboneGamer

#16

TromboneGamer said:

I don't doubt the founders of call of duty. I'd love to play their new game to be honest. Perhaps i will put boatloads of money into a gaming PC just to feel I've cheated Microsoft (even though in reality it will still run on windows), but more importantly the Xbox brand.

get2sammybAdmin

#17

get2sammyb said:

@The_Chenger_123 No. I think Sony's much happier cultivating its own studios than buying them from third-parties. It may choose to work with a independent developer to create something new (Quantic Dream, etc), but I just can't see it splashing out on timed exclusives — especially not in the big-budget, blockbuster game space.

MorriganIsHot

#18

MorriganIsHot said:

Nothing value was lost. The last thing the PS4 need is another generic shooter that this gen is already flooding with.

Ginkgo

#20

Ginkgo said:

I enjoyed the original Mech Warrior. I would have some interest in this, but it would be unlikely to make the cut. Still, interested to hear more and see how disappointed I am its only on MS.

3Above

#21

3Above said:

Not interested. Im not a FPS fan to start with. And not big into MP either. Couple that with MS recent statement and I cant see why ANYONE would buy this console.

"With Xbox One you can game offline for up to 24 hours on your primary console, or one hour if you are logged on to a separate console accessing your library. Offline gaming is not possible after these prescribed times until you re-establish a connection, but you can still watch live TV and enjoy Blu-ray and DVD movies"

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