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Respawn's TitanFall to hit Xbox One, PC

Respawn's TitanFall to hit Xbox One, PC

Thu 06 Jun 2013 3:00pm GMT / 11:00am EDT / 8:00am PDT
GamesE3 2013

Game Informer leaks Microsoft console exclusivity, other details of upcoming shooter from Call of Duty creators

It wouldn't be E3 without some news leaking early, and this year's accidental announcement is a big one. According to NeoGAF poster Cartman86, the Google Play store delivered the July issue of Game Informer to subscribers early, complete with a cover feature revealing Respawn Entertainment's first game, TitanFall.

According to the Game Informer feature, TitanFall will be appearing only on the PC and Microsoft consoles. Respawn is developing the Xbox One and PC versions, with an external studio handling the Xbox 360 version. The game is set for a spring 2014 release, and will be a first-person shooter where players can either take the battlefield on foot or in giant combat mechs called Titans.

Respawn chose to develop the game using a modified version of Valve's Source engine, saying that creating its own engine from scratch would have taken too much time. In other tech matters, the feature says that Respawn will use Microsoft's Xbox One cloud computing service for dedicated servers, as well as physics and AI calculations.

A number of other NeoGAF users reported being able to purchase the magazine from the Google Play store and corroborated the original report. Shortly after the original posting, Game Informer executive editor Andew Reiner tweeted, "Today was supposed to be the beginning of a nice vacation before E3."

TitanFall may not be the only highly anticipated shooter in Microsoft's corner for the next-gen console wars. As revealed last year, the contract Bungie signed with Activision for the Destiny franchise calls for the franchise to debut on the Xbox 360 and possibly its successor this fall, with a PlayStation 4 edition not launching until fall of 2014 at the earliest. That agreement was signed in April of 2010.

13 Comments

Art C. Jones
Writer / Blogger

58 75 1.3
"TitanFall may not be the only highly anticipated shooter in Microsoft's corner for the next-gen console wars."

If I see anything other than a one shooter after another shown at Microsoft's E3 X1 briefing I will be VERY pleasantly surprised.
(and that might actually make me have some interest in getting one - as it stands now my interest in a next-next-gen shooter box is zero)

Posted:10 months ago

#1

Morville O'Driscoll
Games Blogger & Journalist

1,374 1,020 0.7
I find it interesting that the engine features Source
- Source Engine. Building new engine = too much time.
- Source gives them 60 fps
- Modified Source - "Rewriting major portions of it".
Especially with a new version of the Source Engine just-around-the-corner (ValveTime).

I also really don't see the
- Plan to use Microsoft's Cloud for dedicated servers and physics and AI calculations
ending well. But Spring of next year isn't that long to wait, so...

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Morville O'Driscoll on 6th June 2013 5:16pm

Posted:10 months ago

#2
I dont mind waiting. I mind being snooped on a lot more...

Posted:10 months ago

#3

Morville O'Driscoll
Games Blogger & Journalist

1,374 1,020 0.7
Go for the PC version, then. :p

Posted:10 months ago

#4

Nicholas Pantazis
Senior Editor

968 1,161 1.2
Calling a game on 3 platforms an exclusive is more than a bit of a stretch, especially when one of those platforms is owned by literally every gamer on Earth (and being that it uses Source is likely playable by a large amount of them). It's really just saying it's not on PS4 or Wii U.

Posted:10 months ago

#5

Greg Wilcox
Creator, Destroy All Fanboys!

1,993 902 0.5
OK, so the Xbox One is a shooter console (and we haven't seen the inevitable Halo reveal). and it has a Fantasia game that's not really Fantasia, but I'll give Harmonix a planet load of credit for doing something that's outside the box and not just Dance Central IX or whatever (although the differences in KINECT functionality will make the 360 version effectively "dumbed down" to some extent). I'm still not seeing anything I want to REALLY play here, but that's just me.

The masses will eat it up, however...

Off topic: Kiefer Sutherland as Solid Snake? Duh- huh? Well, OK...

Posted:10 months ago

#6

Paul Jace
Merchandiser

768 1,000 1.3
So Quantum Break and TitanFall are the first two exclusives for XB1 announced(one unofficially). After Max Payne and Alan Wake I'm a huge Remedy fan and as a shooter fan I loved IW's Modern Warfare games. So far thats two games I already want to play for the system and I haven't even seen their first party offerings yet. Microsoft is making good on their gaming promise so far. Now if only we could get some clarification on their used games initiative.

Posted:10 months ago

#7

Mbuso Radebe
Associate Producer

53 11 0.2
@Paul - I'm not sure if TitanFall will be counted as an exclusive, but we already know of Forza Motorsport 5, Ryse and Quantum Break (as you mentioned) as Xbox One exclusives.

Posted:10 months ago

#8

Paul Jace
Merchandiser

768 1,000 1.3
@Mbuso--I'm assuming it's a timed-exclusive in the same way that Destiny will be or that Mass Effect 2 was during this gen. But it's another launch game that I'm interested in, so in that regard Microsoft has interested me in the gaming part of their console/system. Hopefully the hits keep on coming.

Posted:10 months ago

#9

Mbuso Radebe
Associate Producer

53 11 0.2
@Paul - I see what you mean. I'm excited to hear about all the great games lined up from The Big Three. This E3 should be something special.

Posted:10 months ago

#10

Sebastian Moss
Editor -in- Chief

57 19 0.3
"TitanFall may not be the only highly anticipated shooter in Microsoft's corner for the next-gen console wars. As revealed last year, the contract Bungie signed with Activision for the Destiny franchise calls for the franchise to debut on the Xbox 360 and possibly its successor this fall, with a PlayStation 4 edition not launching until fall of 2014 at the earliest. That agreement was signed in April of 2010"

Destiny was at the Sony PS Meeting and has exclusive PS only DLC. This is outdated and they must have gone with a different contract.

Posted:10 months ago

#11

Greg Wilcox
Creator, Destroy All Fanboys!

1,993 902 0.5
@Sebastian... UNLESS (dun dun daaaaaaaaah!) Microsoft re-re-engineered the deal just today... or thinks Xbox One owners won't even look at a Sony console...

Posted:10 months ago

#12

Adam Campbell
Associate Producer

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My first reaction when I saw it was basically "another shooter" and "this is not exclusive", but I'm not too bothered either way. If its good its good and I don't think the console will only have shooters, but they're bound to sell more and see more online play with this platform than any other console.

Posted:10 months ago

#13

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