E3 2013: EA And Respawn Comment On Whether Titanfall Will Release On PS4 In The Future
Titanfall was one of the games I liked the most at E3 this year. It’s a game from the creators of the Call of Duty series, Respawn Entertainment, and is coming to PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One in early 2014. It’s curious why EA is publishing Xbox One exclusive games and content, and the conspiracy theorist in me would say there’s a greater appreciation for Microsoft’s unlikable policies.
But there’s no proof of that, so on we go to the interview with Eurogamer.
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Various rumours have been emerging that Titanfall only has Xbox exclusivity for one year, and so Eurogamer asked whether a PlayStation version is a possibility for the future. The website asked both Respawn and publisher EA the same question at E3.
Starting with Respawn, lead artist Joel Emslie, who left Activision’s Infinity Ward and followed Vince Zampella and Jason West after they were fired, told Eurogamer that the team wants Titanfall to be played by as many gamers as possible.
“When you boil it down, we would love to be everywhere, but we’re just starting out,” Emslie explained.
“It comes down to quality, not quantity. We have a fantastic relationship with Microsoft. It just boiled down to, okay, how can we hit this as hard as can and get it on as many platforms as possible and deliver the quality, the 60 hertz, out of the gate? That was the goal.
“We of course would want to go further in the future with stuff, but we’re just starting out. It’s pretty frustrating! We want to be everywhere. We want to put Titanfall everywhere, but that’s where we’re at. We’re starting there.”
The Xbox One is effectively an always-online console and connects to the internet once every 24 hours for verification. It basically guarantees developers that players are always connected to the internet, and games will benefit from the 300 servers that Microsoft has installed in order to boost Xbox Live capabilities.
“We’re making a multiplayer-focused game so you want to be online,” Emslie added. “It’s plain and simple. We’re really in love with the Xbox One. Obviously it’s more power on a console, and we’re going to take full advantage of it.”
Eurogamer put it more plainly, asking: will PlayStation gamers ever see Titanfall?
“It’s definitely not out of the question,” Emslie replied. “We have a huge appreciation for the fans. Coming out and showing it to everybody, we’re super nervous and wanted to make sure everybody loved it. We love all our fans, whatever console they support.
“So yeah. We want to make everybody happy, but this is where we’re at right now.”
In short, from Respawn Entertainment’s point of view, a PlayStation version isn’t impossible, and is something they’d like. But of course, publishers and money talk, and EA helped get Respawn off the ground about three years ago.
“Obviously a business relationship between Electronic Arts, Respawn and Microsoft led to this,” said EA Games Label boss Patrick Söderlund, who is directly responsible for managing Titanfall.
“There are always reasons for that, but we can’t go into them.”
Eurogamer inquired whether, from EA’s perspective, Titanfall could come to PlayStation after Xbox exclusivity has ended.
“We haven’t communicated anything on that, and I can’t comment on that right now,” Söderlund replied, and then added: “We’re proud to be exclusive to Xbox.”
It’s strange for me because EA has, over the years, released nearly all its games as multiplatform titles to reach the widest audience, including Mass Effect once it acquired publishing rights.
Who knows, maybe I’m right about EA’s liking of Microsoft’s policies and their empowerment of publishers, or maybe I’m very wrong and EA and Microsoft simply enjoy their partnership.
Titanfall will be out in Q1 or Q2 of 2014 for PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.