Is EA Rushing Titanfall To The Market? They Explain
Electronic Arts has stepped up to address some fears that Respawn Entertainment’s upcoming new IP Titanfall is being rushed to market.
EA recently announced a release date for Titanfall, revealing that it will be out on March 11, 2014. Apparently this caused some eyebrows to be raised as industry watchers expected a launch later in the year.
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During EA’s second quarter earnings call on Tuesday, CFO Blake Jorgensen addressed release date and quality concerns by talking about a combination of factors leading EA to bring Titanfall’s release forward to the end of its current financial year ending March 31.
“First, with our partners at Respawn, who have done an amazing job developing what looks like a fabulous game,” he said (Seeking Alpha).
“They’ve done a fantastic job keeping that on schedule and possibly even ahead of schedule in some ways.
“We saw an opportunity and a launch window in the fourth quarter because of some of the critical titles that were planned to be there moving out of the quarter, like Watch Dogs or The Crew or some other titles, it looked like they’re being delayed.
“Titanfall is a title that also has an amazing following already in the market,” Jorgensen added.
“Ever since it was shown at E3, people have been highly interested in it. Microsoft wanted to include it in its marketing campaign associated with Xbox, which you’re seeing in the market today. And all of that led us to decide to move it into the year.”
Patrick Söderlund, the executive vice president of the EA Games Label, also said: “So on the quality side, and if we’re rushing a game, I would say no, we’re not doing that at all. This is a very experienced, seasoned team, one of the best in the industry. They’ve got a bunch of great games under their belt.
“We have been monitoring and working with them for a long time. This has been a game that’s been in development for multiple years. And all the data that we have in front of us suggest that this game will not only be highly rated, but very highly rated. So I feel better than I would normally feel at this time, on a game like this.”
Just yesterday, and during the same earnings call, Jorgensen confirmed that Titanfall will be exclusive to Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC “for the life of the title”, which means that it won’t see a release on PS3 or PS4.
There is always the slim possibility of it happening in the future much like it did with Mass Effect, but don’t hold out for that. Personally, I’ll get it on PC.