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Judging By These Comments, Titanfall Was Definitely Planned for PS4

Posted by Sammy Barker

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You’ve got to feel sorry for Vince Zampella. Having been roped into releasing neverending Call of Duty sequels at Infinity Ward, the luminary finally got a chance to do something different at new studio Respawn Entertainment. But now his company’s become subject to some shady behind-the-scenes business shenanigans instead.

It seems that Titanfall’s just announced Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC exclusivity is still fairly fresh information to the game's creator, as he and the rest of his team only found out about the news recently. “Always Microsoft exclusive at launch, great partner and focus is good for a startup,” he Tweeted. “EA made a deal for the rest, we only found out recently.” There was a sad face at the end of his message.

Asked if the developer will work on the PS4 in the future, Zampella stated that it will, and hinted that this may involve future instalments in the mech-‘em-up property. Reading between the lines, we get the sense that the industry legend’s not happy that his team wasn’t consulted on the decision, and that it definitely had a port of the online excursion in mind for Sony’s systems. We can’t help but wonder how much money exchanged hands to reach this point.

Still, it’s not the end of the world. It’s not like the Japanese giant’s upcoming console doesn’t have a wealth of other content in the pipeline, and its deal with Activision on Destiny will ensure that it has the sci-fi shooter space covered early next year. Are you disappointed by this turn of events? Stomp your oversized mechanical feet in the comments section below.

[via twitter.com, twitter.com]

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D3athBr1ng3r187

#1

D3athBr1ng3r187 said:

OH JOY.........but besides the point I said in the other topic I don't give a flying gundam about this "wannabe anime mech" title but thanks Sammy for a good quick topic though.

D3athBr1ng3r187

#3

D3athBr1ng3r187 said:

@get2sammyb LOL I agree on the whole guidelines but it's weird that this title isn't coming to Sony systems not because of the greed of MS just I see myself thinking EA braindead cells why they didn't just port it and get extra profit much later down the road well this is EA after all.

HandandInternet

#4

HandandInternet said:

As I said earlier, however it's disrespectful to the game's devs to not inform them about major decisions. This is only going to give them a bad name, as a start up company you want your product on every available system. However this isn't a first for E.A, it started with the PS3 (which I enjoyed) receiving content a week earlier, which is a reasonable amount of time, it was just the right amount of exclusivity (pretty sure that's not a word). However they have gone with Microsoft this time round and upped the wait to a month. Slightly annoying for a game that started for PC seems to have forgotten it's origins. (Which is ironic considering how it can be bought for PC, hey E.A?)

Gamer83

#5

Gamer83 said:

Typical MS move and EA actually taking the deal just leads me to further believe those two companies had bigger plans for this gen before some stuff got derailed. Regardless, the two deserve eachother, it's just too bad EA will keep finding undeserved success. Eventhough I hate this tactic I wouldn't mind Sony firing back, lock up MGS V as a PS4 exclusive. Sometimes you have to fight fire with fire.

lvnlavitaloca

#6

lvnlavitaloca said:

@get2sammyb Zampella has had a rough go with corporate bullies his whole career. He started with EA creating the Medal of Honor series with Jason West, then jumped ship to Activision to found Infinity Ward over some bs, then back to EA partners after the Activision scandal, only to get sold out yet again for $$. I feel very bad for Respawn and wish all of their talented team members the best of luck!

Cloud7794

#7

Cloud7794 said:

@Gamer83 Sadly it almost sounds like Hideo Kojima prefers Xbox One, unless they paid him to make such comments, though I'm not entirely sure they did. I could see Sony finding a game to lock up, however. That game probably WOULD have beend Destiny or Watch Dogs, had they not already also been announced for Xbox One. It saddens me though that the only reason I actually hope this happens is because MS knew they needed to give people >some< reason to buy the One other than a new Halo and Dead Rising 3. They're obviously already feeling that they have an uphill battle to fight, but, as history would teach us, an uphill battle is the worst kind for which to hire a mercenary army.

staticdash22

#8

staticdash22 said:

@Gamer83 I think we all know what happened. Microsoft believed that they pretty much had the competition wrapped up at the end of this gen. Their success with Xbox Live & the mainstream/commercial success they've garnered led them to think they could just "coast" into next gen. Without even acknowledging that Sony actually overcame so much adversity to even the score at the end, with both 360 & ps3 at around 80 million sold in their lifetimes. Microsoft believed that they probably could ut their next gen planes on hold for just a little longer because Sony couldn't possibly be further ahead then they were?

EA was prepared for the same route. They thought Microsoft was going to extend their success into the next gen. It's very hilarious because now the cat's out the bag. EA as been back tracking on their close relationship with MS because of all the negativity. They were surprised at the reception to PS4. The biggest bit of irony is that EA & MS probably though Sony was in a state of disarray and confusion at where they want to go.

staticdash22

#9

staticdash22 said:

It's clear that EA made these deals with Microsoft probably in 2012 or prior to their May Xbox one announcement. Strategic deals because they wanted to ride the "Xbox success" & steer clear in case things don't explode into success for Sony, they would be close enough to Microsoft to make good amounts of money. Flash forward to almost October, and on the eve of a new console, and EA may be thinking they jumped the gun a little quick. We are in for a great generation from Sony. Titanfall 2 will come to PS4 because of the type of guy Zampella is. He loves games, period. He'd love to see gamers everywhere enjoying and being invested in their new IP.

Gamer83

#10

Gamer83 said:

@Cloud7794

This kind of stuff is the reason I'm going with Sony's console first this gen. I think MS has the stronger year one lineup but it's also a lineup filled with third party exclusives and these franchises could easily find their way over to PS4 as the generation goes on and as things move on Sony's first parties will start putting out their PS4 games. When that happens, the PS4 will have the significantly stronger library unless MS continues to pay out the @$$ for third party exclusives or tries the novel concept of building up first party teams. It did create 343 industries which is a great studio so it's not like MS isn't capable of doing this, it just seems that for whatever reason it refuses to go that route. I'd imagine in the long run it's financially more beneficial to build your own teams rather than have to pony up for outside productions, but maybe it's not. Regardless, I wouldn't mind seeing Sony give MS a little taste of its own medicine. Destiny and Watch_Dogs as exclusives are off the table, MGS probably is as well, doesn't mean there isn't something behind the scenes that couldn't be nabbed now and the third party I'd be talking to if I were at Sony is Rockstar. Next to Naughty Dog, Rockstar is the best in the business, imo, and nabbing any exclusive from them would be a huge shot fired. It probably couldn't be GTA but I wouldn't rule out Red Dead, even if its just timed exclusive for say 8-12 months, that would be a nice card to be able to play.

Cloud7794

#11

Cloud7794 said:

@Gamer83 I think what MS hopes to do is save itself cash by not making more first-party studios, and buy its way into being the number one console. That way, they don't have to pay to upkeep studios/game production, and third-parties would be clamoring to get their games on Microsoft's console. At that point, MS could just talk them into giving the Xbox the definitive version of games (if not exclusive access) and use that to try to keep superiority. Obviously, that route isn't going to succeed, but it just shows how little they want to invest for the long-term and how desperately they are looking for an early success. Also, I can see Sony maaaaybe talking Rockstar into porting GTA Online onto PS4 as a timed exclusive a little way's down the road. Or maybe a Red Dead Redemption Online? Online seems to be the only way devs think these days. Or Fallout/Far Cry 4? I'm playing Far Cry 3 using my DS4 right now and it feels too natural.

Gamer83

#12

Gamer83 said:

@Cloud7794

Online is a huge focus, but it's not like GTA V's singleplayer was short of content. I think Rockstar is one of those companies that 'gets it.' It knows there are a lot of people who appreciate both single and multiplayer aspects of games. One of the reasons I like that company so much is because I know when I put $60 for GTA or Red Dead I'm going to get a lot of game for my dollars.

Itachi

#13

Itachi said:

I think it's pretty sad. When you think about Titan Fall is really the only system seller Xbox One has if you want to call it that. microsofts banking on this game to be there temporary Halo when actually it's just another Call Of Duty with Mechs. It does look like a nice game, but it's not enough to make me cough up an additional $500 on an Xbone. I personally prefer Kill Zone over every other game coming out this year.

Reverend_Skeeve

#14

Reverend_Skeeve said:

This indeed shows MSs desperation. @staticdash22 summed it up pretty accurately, me thinks. Concerning the exclusivity of Titanfall, I personally don't care. I'm only mildly interested in online mp, being more the single player campaign mode kind of guy. Still, Titanfall 2 might interest me, for it may have a propper campaign, who knows, better graphics and probably better balancing and stuff. Respawn is a studio with very talented people, so of course I'm looking forward to what they'll do on PS4.

Gamer83

#15

Gamer83 said:

@staticdash22

I agree with a lot of what you wrote, but I also think a lot of this has to do with the DRM nonsense. EA has been one of the biggest complainers about the used game market and being that both are American companies it was easy for EA and MS to work together on this DRM nonsense and I think EA had promised support of MS if it went along with these plans. I also think it was hoping Sony would do the same for fear of possibly losing out on future Maddens, Need For Speeds, Battlefields, etc, and I believe Sony was also prepared to go down this DRM route until it saw the public's justified severely harsh and negative response. When Sony decided to play the 'for the gamers card' EA decided 'ok we're backing MS.'

It makes sense, both based in North America, both very scummy. It's just a shame EA is so influential because aside from Criterion's games, everything with the EA label sucks, especially the Madden games since 2006. At least the few first party games MS does have are good.

MorriganIsHot

#19

MorriganIsHot said:

Meh

Playstation doesn't need anymore fps. Not to mention I don't buy games from ea so I don't really care if its not coming to PS4.

BlueProxy

#20

BlueProxy said:

Not a big deal, not having this one on PS4. If it does come I'm sure plenty of people will enjoy it.

Sutorcen

#21

Sutorcen said:

We all know EA's tactics. just look at what they are doing to the Wii U and the PS Vita. As for Microsoft, you can't expect anything ethical from a company that was created based on a theft. Whoever knows some history knows how Microsoft works and what they have done over the years. Anyway back to the topic of gaming. Not having this on the PS4 is not a break dealer nor will it be missed, there so many great games coming out. But, if you want to play it there is always the PC version, which for boycott reasons I will not purchase as I do with most of EA games.

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