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Pachter: Titanfall Exclusivity Due to Industry Thinking Xbox One Would Eat PS4's Lunch

Posted by Sammy Barker

Tides are turning

With an Xbox 360 and PC iteration in the pipeline, Titanfall is not quite the bonafide Xbox One exclusive that Microsoft’s hyping it up to be. However, the Redmond-based manufacturer has ensured that the inaugural iteration in Respawn Entertainment’s first-person franchise will not arrive on the PlayStation 4. What does that mean for the shooter’s inevitable successor, though?

“I think that this might be the last exclusive that you see from a third-party for a long, long time,” explained industry analyst Michael Pachter in the latest episode of Pach-Attack. “I think that had [EA] known at the time that the Xbox One was going to be $100 more than the PS4, I don’t think that they would have done it. I think that they believed that Microsoft was going to kick Sony’s butt this cycle.”

Fascinatingly, the outspoken Wedbush Securities employee added that this was a common opinion in 2012, with then EA chief executive John Riccitiello informing the forecaster as much. “He thought that Microsoft was going to eat Sony’s lunch – but we all thought so,” added the popular industry prophet. “We thought that Xbox 360 had a large loyal install base on multiplayer and we thought that Sony would price about the same as the Xbox One, which I frankly thought would be $400.”

Given that the PS4 is now beginning to run rings around its competitor, Pachter doesn’t believe that EA will be quite so willing to sign away its biggest game again. "I don’t think that you will see EA go exclusive for Titanfall 2,” he continued. “I would guess that this is not a multi-game exclusive deal, it’s just for one – and I think that [the next game] will most definitely come to the PS4.”

Of course, the suit points out that fans of Sony’s fresh format may be waiting a while for the series to arrive on their system of choice. “It probably isn’t going to come out for three years, so it’s probably a 2017 release, but it’ll probably be worth the wait,” he concluded. Can you hold out that long for your helping of mech infused action? Gun us down in the comments section below.


User Comments (36)



ShogunRok said:

There's some truth in what he's saying, even if it is quite obvious. The media's reaction to Titanfall, in some cases like it was the second coming of Christ, no doubt influenced Microsoft and made the company think "we need this game!"

If anything, I just think the whole exclusivity thing presents a worrying sight if you're an Xbox gamer. Microsoft has just looked at a new, third party IP, and threw who knows how much money at it because it hasn't developed its own 'killer app'. Doesn't really create much confidence in the brand, in my opinion.



N711 said:

As fascinating as listening to the UK weather forecast.



Visiblemode said:

@ShogunRok yeah, true. That's the awful flaw with paid exclusivity. It's just money not being spent on true first party development. That is, for better or worse, the current state of MS' business model, however.

As for Pachter, he's a clown. He is almost constantly wrong. In this case he's right, but as you said, he's stating the obvious.

Oddly though, in the run up to PS4's launch it was also obvious it was set to launch stronger. It was also obvious that console gaming is still going strong. We can count those under the category of obvious things Pachter missed. Even of he feigns humility in this article regarding the Ps4's success, one would be wise to take note that he also lays blame on everyone else, claiming they "all" thought that "microsoft were going to eat Sony's lunch."

A feint admission of a failing for an "analyst" who has probably cost gullible investors millions upon millions with his brash ignorance and shortsightedness.



FullbringIchigo said:

wait Pachter, right on something wait a second................well hell hasn't frozen over so what the hell happened



RawShark said:

Who is this Pachter guy and what makes his word gospel? His self-perception of being an industry guru reminds me of how Jonathan King put himself forward as a pop music Tsar... And we all know what happened to him.



Pink_Floyd said:

EA and MS are both greaddy componeys and that is why they think no one can out-do them hence why EA took Microsofts money.



Tasuki said:

Honestly the PC version is the one I would want to play if I wanted to play Titanfall that bad. One word Mods.



charlesnarles said:

@Tasuki good point. Elder Scrolls and Fallout make me cry they're so good with mods. Then I play ps3 and actually cry. I wonder if there will ever be ps4 mods; the devs could even take the good 3rd party mods and officially release patch updates. I can dream can't i?



DirectAim said:

@charlesnarles look at what unreal tournament did on PS3, it was more or less a release title and you could download PC made maps onto a pen drive and import them into the game, it was awesome playing the best community made maps on the PS3!!!



Bliquid said:

Besides all the "captain obvious" statements mixed with cowardly false humility in recognizing "everyone's" mistake, what amuses me is that he blames the experts misjudgement on the unexpected difference between price points. I may not be as qualified as Pachter, but i dare say that Sony's present "victory" is due to the strong, reliable image they built up along the way, with friendly indie policies, reasonably consumer friendly policies, powerful performances, PS Plus amazing service AND price point.
I usually laugh at his and his collegues charades, but it's starting to get really old, and hurts industry more thsn help it.
Seriously, the difference between Pachter and Nintendo investor saying to make pay money to let Mario jump higher is almost unperceivable.



rjejr said:

Was the X1 going to drink the PS4's milk shake after it ate it's lunch?

I'm still waiting for EA's "unprecedented" Wii U support. Have they been voted worst company in America for the 3rd year in a row yet?

Xbox and 360 had Halo and Gears of War, PS3 never did, yet somehow the PS3 survived. I don't see Titanfall as being world conquering or even mattering in the grand scheme of things.

I do think Pachters right about the end of 3rd party exclusives. I don't see why Squeenix, Activision, Ea, Ubi or anybody else would pick just one. Though Sega seems pretty Nintendo friendly at the moment, they're borderline 2nd party, but if the whole Sonic Boom thing blows up in their face they'll be back to spreading the wealth as well.



InsertNameHere said:

@charlesnarles PS games don't need mods.

@rjejr "but if the whole Sonic Boom thing blows up in their face they'll be back to spreading the wealth as well."

At least someone is (slightly) optimistic about Sonic Boom.



Farmboy74 said:

I can see what he is saying, thing is Microsoft got complacent and Sony managed to build a console with hype and buzz not seen since PS2.

@rjejr From what I have seen I have high hopes for Sonic Boom, can't help feeling that Nintendo should have brought Sega quite some time ago and may have now missed the boat.



rjejr said:

@Farmboy74 @BornOfEvil - That is optimistic for me, I'm a bit of a downer. But I am really looking forward to the Sonic Boom game.I'm just concerned it wont sell well due to the low install Wi U base and Sega will go multiplat for the next Sonic game. Though if I read it right this isn't even the next Sonic game, it isnt even coming out in Japan, it's some western bastardization of Sonic for Saturday morning cartoon consumption kids. Nintendo doesn't need to buy Sega, they just need to convince them to keep making games for the system, not too many other companies are, including Nintendo.



Bad-MuthaAdebisi said:

Exclusives are just plain stupid. EA and xbucks1 got spanked. I couldn't care less about titan fall and I really don't see where their exclusives are coming from? Its all trash.



Farmboy74 said:

@rjejr, I realise that Sonic Boom is based on the upcoming Saturday morning cartoon, but didn't know the game is not being released in Japan. I think Nintendo have been caught out with the move to HD and I think Sega and Nintendo make a great fit even if it's mutual or timed exclusives.



Kayoss said:

Good old patcher. He always analyze and predict things that already happened and obvious.



hYdeks said:

at this point it's hard to say which console is winning considering they just launched, but both consoles are really great, and I kinda can't wait to own both of them. Can't we Xbox and PlayStation people get along? We're so similar... lol



JaxonH said:


Hey, I'm also optimistic about Sonic Boom. I mean look- I don't care how good past games have been. Can't judge a new game in a new genre from a new developer on past games. And I've gotta be honest- the game looks GOOD. It's hard to believe it's actually a Wii U game- they could have said "coming soon to PS4" at the end of the trailer and I wouldn't have thought twice about it.

As for this Patcher fellow, well, I didn't know we still valued his opinion. Look, PS4 does NOT need Titanfall. Yes, I'm sure it's a great game and yes, I'm sure it will sell many, many copies. But, so what? All consoles get exclusives that shift loads of copies. That's why, ya know, they're exclusives. To draw in sales for that particular console. If I want to play Titanfall (which I don't), but if I did I would buy an Xbox One for it, not wait years in hopes of it one day turning up with the PS logo. There is no denying, the game will definitely help MS and their consoles.

I say good for them. I mean, all consoles need their own games (PS4 is getting The Order), and this is one of the good ones that Xbox has. Nothing to get flustered about. It's just a game. PS4 will have its' own exclusives, Wii U will have its' own exclusives, and X1 will have its' own exclusives. All the more reason to go out and buy all three consoles!



Madd_Hatter401 said:

Hahaha hahaha.. I hope EA likes the taste of hat. Whoever made that mistake within EA must be in the basement like Milton in Office Space.



thedevilsjester said:

@charlesnarles There is nothing stopping PS3 games from having mods (in fact, Unreal Tournament 3 on the PS3 has them), so there is nothing stopping the PS4 from having them either. That being said, I will avoid buying any game that has mods on the PS3/PS4, as I do when I buy PC games, so I for one am thankful that mods on console games have not taken off.



BambooBushido said:

@JaxonH Not everybody can afford to have all three consoles nor does everybody want to have all three consoles I can't afford to have all and i don't want a X1 right now i might buy one someday but not anytime soon ( I still don't trust MS ) and Titanfall is not a true exclusive it's third Party and even worse it's comeing out on other platforms besides X1 (360 PC) if Titanfall was a first party exclusive and was only comeing out on X1 then there wouldn't be such a fuss over it



BambooBushido said:

@JaxonH Fortunately for me i have friends who have 360's and PC's so if i want to play Titanfall i can without haveing to go buy a X1 360 or PC



JaxonH said:


Right on. No, not everyone can afford all 3 consoles. But for those that can and like a wide variety of games, I would highly recommend it. As well as owning both handhelds.

As for Titanfall, I don't like online competitive shooters. But, I don't care if it's 1st party, 3rd party, on PC/360 or any of that stuff. A good game is a good game, regardless of who makes it or whether or not it's on other MS consoles. Far be it from me to turn down a good game just because of who developed it or its' exclusivity status.

The game that makes me want an X1 is Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare. That game looks sick right there. And I wouldn't mind playing the campaign for the next Halo. It's been a LONG time since I played that game. Actually, it was the original Halo back on Xbox. Me and my friend used to play that game every day. Times were different then.



goonow said:

How could ea be oblivious to the amount of good press the ps4 got. Its a surprise to no one except ea. Lol



BlueProxy said:

Meanwhile, I'll be just fine playing plenty of PS4 exclusive and multi-plat games, that I won't miss TF. It actually seems fun for a bit but given my taste for story-driven single player, TF will loose my interest quickly.



Carl-G said:

I was dreading SONY announcing the PS4 because of how the internet press & people who comment on gaming sites tried to hurt the PS3 years back :-/ But it seemed to go well this time thank god Maybe there were more Xbox fans online then(most are from PC gaming i suppose) & i remember if you was a PS Fan you would get slaughtered online for liking the PS brand back then. I don't want things to fail but EA deserve to make hardly any money out of TF(it will do well tho with all the hype it's getting anyway) They seemed to of forgotten who made them big i.e SONY's PS Brand mainly :-/



MorriganIsHot said:

Not surprise that there are morons that waste $500 on a console for a game that is also on 360 and PC. This game isn't even exclusive, just overhyped because its just another boring fps which there are too much of today.



Madd_Hatter401 said:

@MorriganIsHot whoooow buddy not at all boring! I will say this though on the XB1 it isn't "next gen" graphically so to buy a XB1 for this game would be a massive F-up when the leap probably isn't that big from 1 to the 360.



Shaolin said:

To be honest I see all exclusive games like Titanfall as being er..... exclusive. To me as an end consumer this only affects me as much as Halo or Gears of War would. As a PlayStation fan I have Uncharted, GoW and countless other exclusives which are just as unique and enjoyable. Titanfall looks like a really great game but at the end of the day it's only that - one game (or one game series, if they choose to serialise it like Call of Duty). If I didn't get my knickers in a twist about Forza or Project Gotham then I'm unlikely to do so about this. I'm in complete agreement with a lot of the sentiment on here about Pachter because he portrays himself as being in the know, when really he's just giving us his opinion which, frankly, is as bad (or as good) as many of ours.

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