Respawn’s First Title To Be Xbox Exclusive
Respawn Entertainment is the product of former Infinity Ward leads, Jason West and Vince Zampella, who also masterminded the Modern Warfare series and the rebirth of Call of Duty. If sources are to be believed, and they often aren’t, then Respawn’s first game could well be an Xbox exclusive destined for next-gen.
The aforementioend sources claim that the game will be a futuristic online multiplayer shooter. The game is described as a battle of Davids and Goliaths. The Davids are heavily-armed foot soldiers. The Goliaths are the giant exosekeltons — Titans — that these soldiers can pilot. These Titans are big mech-style walkers that move with an agility not seen in games like Mechwarrior or Steel Battalions.
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To avoid balancing issues, the number of Titans is reportedly restricted and soldiers on foot will be sufficiently armed to take out a Titan. Earlier last month Respawn in fact trademarked the word ‘Titan”.
One thing that seems certain is that the game is destined for Xbox although no mention has been made of other consoles and oddly the game is said to run on a modified version of Valve’s Source engine rather than any internal EA engines. Respawn is under EA’s umbrella so this comes across as peculiar. The game is said to look good on Durango (codename for the next Xbox) and that this is the only version Respawn is working on with another studio set to be picked to develop an Xbox 360 port.
Oh and those always-on rumours surrounding the next Xbox? They pop up here again with sources saying that the multiplayer game will be always-on which by extension suggests that the console may be as well.
It’s interesting for sure and come E3 or Microsoft’s may 21 Xbox 720 reveal I’ll be curious to see if Respawn has anything to show us. That said, other rumours insist that Microsoft is six months behind on game development for Durango with its internal studios. Not a good sign if it’s true.