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Don't Worry, It's Just the First Titanfall That's Not Coming to PS4

Posted by Sammy Barker

Well, unless Microsoft opens its cheque book again

For a game that so few seem to be able to coherently explain why it's so fun, Titanfall sure has rocketed in importance since it was announced earlier in the year. Originally thought to be a timed exclusive for the Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC, publisher EA Games recently announced that the title will remain restricted to those three platforms for the entirety of its life. That doesn’t mean that its inevitable sequel isn’t coming to the PlayStation 4, though.

Speaking as part of a lengthy – and, frankly, quite tedious – technology conference overnight, chief financial officer Blake Jorgensen justified the decision to remain exclusive by using every word in the English language other than ‘money’. “There are lots of single-platform titles,” he explained. “Obviously, you work with the first-parties to make sure the economics make sense for all sides, and we made that decision on Titanfall.”

Respawn Entertainment seemed publicly peeved when EA announced that Titanfall wouldn’t be coming to the PS4 – but the company ensures that it's trying to maintain a good relationship with the firm. “We're trying to make sure that we've developed a great relationship with them,” said Jorgensen hesitantly. “We helped them on marketing, and we helped them on development where they need it. And we try to maintain a strong partnership with them over time.” He doesn’t sound so sure.

Still, as already alluded, there’s a very large chance that the next Titanfall will rocket onto Sony’s next generation system. "So obviously it's the first title that's committed to a single platform," concluded the executive. Earlier today, Jorgensen admitted that one in three PS4 launch titles sold this weekend were published by EA. That’s despite the North American company signing partnerships with Microsoft for virtually every game in its portfolio.

[via ign.com, neogaf.com]

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User Comments (26)

Azikira

#2

Azikira said:

You know you've done some dirty business when your development team is mad that you signed exclusivity to one side of the field.

Spidernoir

#3

Spidernoir said:

Sounds like they are trying to convince themselves that it was a good decision.

That's not a good thing, when you yourself are unsure it was the right move.

Tasuki

#4

Tasuki said:

I would so get this if it came to PS4 but since it isn't I will be picking it up on Xbox 360.

Cloud7794

#5

Cloud7794 said:

Titanfall needs PS4 more than PS4 needs Titanfall. It'd be nice to have it, but it was decidedly stupid of EA to allow MS to buy exclusivity like that.

Paranoimia

#6

Paranoimia said:

Can't say I'm interested. Well, I was a little, initially... then the first mech appeared.

BornOfEvil

#7

BornOfEvil said:

Microsoft can keep it, its no skin off Sony's bones. Titanfall looked bland from the very instant it was unveiled at E3 and it still hasn't impressed me in the slightest.

benrawr

#8

benrawr said:

I too have no idea what all the fuss is about. They've shown the gameplay in a very staged manner each time, but when you hand this game to the group that mainstreamed "Halo jumping" and allow them to use jetpacks, NOBODY is going to be able to hit anything as everybody will just be halo jumping left and right with the inclusion of rocket propulsion... Not interested thanks

Stuffgamer1

#10

Stuffgamer1 said:

Not that I'm very interested in this game anyway, but there's no WAY I'd buy the sequel without the first game. These idiots are shooting themselves in the foot. Only chance they have is if the Xbone fails badly enough that they feel the need to back out of their deal. :P

Ginkgo

#12

Ginkgo said:

This is exactly the sort of "business" decision that EA does to piss gamers off. Their development teams may be consumer focused, but they most definitely are not. It is why they have such a bad reputation.

EA has voted with MS every step of the way so far for the Next Gen consoles. Interestingly the gamers appear to be voting in the other direction. Certainly BF4 appears like it will be hugely more popular on PS4, based on pre-orders. If that continues it may but EA in an awkward position down the line. Who knows.

Ginkgo

#13

Ginkgo said:

@Cloud7794 Though I agree with that, even more so it is XBox that NEEDS Titanfall. I know why MS has done this. They are desperate for that killer game to sell the system.

divinelite

#14

divinelite said:

I thought no single player for this game? If so, it's no need for first game after all
The mech is one difference than other fps, though

adf86

#15

adf86 said:

Does anyone think having the game on the 360 actually might hinder the One's sales of it? I've read loads of forum comments from people who think the X1 is too expensive but there interested in Titanfall, I wonder if they'll just get the 360 version.

Cyrso

#16

Cyrso said:

I think money hats for big 3rd party games are a waste of money. And moneyhats for exclusive DLC are also a waste of money. Especially if Titanfall 2 is coming to PS4, then it was just free marketing for the franchise for Respawn/EA lol. And if they moneyhat Titanfall 2 again, Microsoft will have wasted even more money compared to simply purchasing the IP.

SimonAdebisi

#17

SimonAdebisi said:

From what I've seen of this game I'm not overly impressed. It looks like a lot of fun though and I would definitely buy any future releases on the ps4.

dudeware

#18

dudeware said:

The fact that EA signed an exclusivity contract for TitanFall without consulting the development team just shows how *** of a company EA is. First Activision *** all over these guys now EA. They need to go independent and chill with these big name publishers who don't actually give two flying *** about gamers.

D3athBr1ng3r187

#20

D3athBr1ng3r187 said:

@divinelite It isn't a "MECH" as what Respawn Entertainment states which they don't want they game to blamed as a Anime mech title (which turned me off) so they call them "Titans" not mechs LOL.

banacheck

#21

banacheck said:

Respawn didn't know give me a break before it was ever announced exclusive, Respawn did a interview on why it wasn't coming to the PS4. It also shows you how confident EA was in the XboxOne only doing the first game exclusive, and if it doesn't sell well we can put it on the PS4.

DirectAim

#22

DirectAim said:

I cant believe how a company releasing a AAA title with the obvious aim to become the next COD can ignore the Playstation.

COD makes billions. No matter how much money MS pay them it wont be anywhere near that much. I think this will hurt the brand more than earning exclusive bonus money from MS.

Bad business, ill be playing Destiny, f*ck titanfall.

Lagnaut

#23

Lagnaut said:

One has to wonder if someone at EA is feeling a little uneasy after the announcement of PS4 Day 1 sales.

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