Insider Reveals How Titanfall Became A Microsoft Exclusive, Sony Was ‘Mum’

Also, there are sadly no giant monsters in the game.

Titanfall

We’ve heard the story a million times: Respawn Entertainment’s Titanfall would only be on Xbox since it suited the game best, especially with Microsoft’s Azure servers. Though there was – and continues to be – interest in the PS4 as a console, but Respawn is adamant that Titanfall will only be on Xbox.

But how did it all go down? According to NeoGAF user and insider famousmortimer, “Respawn wanted to focus on a single console as they were a small team. In 2011 and 2012 Microsoft was behind the scenes selling their vision for the Xbox One. At the same time Sony was gathering info but not really sharing it. The vast majority of the industry thought that Microsoft was going to dominate this gen… until one year ago, tomorrow.

“Respawn picked the XB1 because it seemed like the better choice. MS was pushing it. Sony was mum. The 360 dominated the US and western EU, which is where FPS are king. It was a no-brainer.”

Also, contrary to the recent Titanfall artbook, there won’t be any giant monsters or aliens to battle. “Talked to a contact at EA I trust explicitly. The monsters are in the skybox. There’s one MP-story based fight with a non-human that could hardly be called a ‘giant monster’.

Titanfall is currently scheduled to release for Xbox One and PC on March 11th in North America and March 14th in Europe, with the Xbox 360 version releasing two weeks later.


  • dgarra

    I’m guessing beyond that it was money. Was it money? I bet it was money!

  • http://bu3ouf91.tumblr.com/ Vincent

    No big deal, just Call of duty with giant Robots, can’t wait for Infamous Second Son.

    • NeonPriest

      Can’t wait for infamous SS….and it’s single player only repetitive gameplay, rent or buy on sale and trade in a week later at best

    • Angel

      Lol I respect the great success that Titanfall will be but my question to you is, do you truly believe that Titanfall will be enough to put MS in a position to dominate and maintain a steady flow of exclusives for the next 5-7 years? PS4 is outselling it in nearly every territory, there is an extremely strong chance that Titanfall 2 will be on PS4, and every single multiplatt that has been releases to date looks, plays, and sells better on PS4. Devs are having difficulty achieving parity on their products due to the hardware difference. MS isn’t exactly in a position to continue throwing millions for exclusivity deals with the shareholder pressure going on.

      Not that I want it to fail or that I’m even saying that it will, but those arguing that launch window exclusives make it better because Sony’s offering is lacking at the moment, clearly are ignoring the great job Sony did with the PS3 last gen. Even after launching a year later than the comp, and with an incredibly difficult architecture and $600 price tag , they managed to make last gen a dead heat. Now you think they’ll blow this monstrous lead they have because of Titanfall? Lol Infamous will sell great, as will all the other launch window titles because both consoles are starved for options right now. Its the next few rounds that count lol call me a fanboy but patience is a virtue that Sony rewards very well. They have a track record for it

    • http://bu3ouf91.tumblr.com/ Vincent

      Hmm, The fun not with the multiplayer the fun with it enjoyable or not and it’s worth to be fun for me, By the way there to many trophies to achive and having fun exploring all the open world, There is too many good games havn’t got multiplayer feature, By the way I don’t do trading games I like to play it back again and again later. I am Vincent William Jonson and Improve this message.

    • You are flat out wrong

      You sure do shitpost a lot on behalf of Xbots.

    • Zohak Diaz

      U butthurt i see

    • You are flat out wrong

      That’s your usual response when you can’t think of anything intelligent to write. Which is usually.

    • Zohak Diaz

      U still butthurt i see, sit down

    • You are flat out wrong

      Don’t worry, while you wait for games maybe MS can let you be “the prettiest pony in Equestria” and port over your Brony avatar.

    • ImonadrugcalledCharlieSheen

      And here you are again spewing verbal diarrhea out of your filthy mouth hole. Don’t buy the game, a game of that caliber shouldn’t be wasted on stool sample like yourself, let a person who knows how to appreciate real games get your copy instead.

    • Mikeherp Derp

      LOL

    • Mikeherp Derp

      It’s going to get 80+ metacritic, sell millions, and play great. Keep crying.

    • Zohak Diaz

      Shh, do u hear that?

    • Mikeherp Derp

      The sound of sh*tposting follows you everywhere.

    • Painkillr

      infamous ss looks really cool as does the order, but titanfall is in no way shape or form Cod with mechs…cod is trash. titanfall is amazing

    • http://bu3ouf91.tumblr.com/ Vincent

      Unfortubely people stopped talking about Titanfall after the first 2 months of release

  • brianc6234

    This sounds like someone made a story up. EA is a huge company. If they need to they can just add more people to work on the game.

  • alchemistx24x7

    Respawn and Titanfall founder Vince Zampella sveral months ago stated that he approuched both MS and Sony bout his idea Titanfall years ago Sony much like MS did to Rime which is now a ps4 exclusive turned it down while it was MS who supported the idea of Titanfall from day one plus Zampella added the fact that MS were focused on cloud and what it could do for Titanfall..This is from the horses mouth not an insider who herd from someone who herd from someone..

    • ImonadrugcalledCharlieSheen

      What he said was it was to be a launch or timed exclusive, Respawn had no idea a dirty shyster deal was done between Microsoft and EA behind their back. Respawn would have liked it to have been on both platforms, here, straight from the horses mouth.

      http://www.gameinformer.com/b/news/archive/2013/10/29/respawn-founder-vince-zampella-clears-up-titanfall-exclusivity-confusion.aspx

    • alchemistx24x7

      This is what he said at that interview..

      Always MS exclusive at launch, great partner and focus is good for a
      startup. EA made a deal for the rest, we only found out recently =(..Which as he stated was a exclusive to begin with and months b4 that as i wrote above the reason it is a xbox exclusive he approached both MS & Sony but it was Sony who intially turned it down..

  • Rick_Deckard

    Honestly, if Titanfall doesn’t too many copies on X1… Titanfall will be coming to PS4…

    • Painkillr

      its a contractual agreement. titanfall 2 maybe, but titanfall will never be on ps4. MS has already put up the cash…years ago to make it exclusive for a year. ea made it totally exclusive in 2013

    • ImonadrugcalledCharlieSheen

      So according to you no one paid anything to make it exclusive for more then a year, which means EA being a greedy publisher if they choose to because they wanted to make more money very easily could have the game ported over to Playstation. You actually proved the other guys point.

    • Dakan45

      Listen here dipsht, pc exlusives are high rated THEREFORE NOT shttty as you say.

      According to research the most popular games are pc games.

      50% of developers work on pc games and only 14% on ps4

      Pc gaming is bigger than ever.

      Now that i pwned you please kill yourself because you consoletards need to escape that r3tarded brain damaged logic that pc gamign is irrelevant WAKE THE FCK UP and see the truth, pc gaming is on top.

      DEAL WITH IT butthurt f@ggot.

    • Guest

      I got your name!! I am going to hunt you down!!!!! You silly stupid kid!!!!!!

    • Dakan45

      your acount just got banned.

  • dirkradke

    Let’s face the facts: Microsoft wanted Titanfall more than Sony and they were willing to make that happen. Good or bad Microsoft won on that count.

  • bmp1113

    We all know they got paid for exclusivity. If they didn’t EA would just pay someone to port it and make extra money. I’m sure they thought that would be a good move because they expected xbox to destroy.

  • You are flat out wrong

    Makes me laugh that despite MS pushing their cancerous DRM box in the industry, they completely blew it with the public.

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  • ImonadrugcalledCharlieSheen

    Who writes these articles, twelve year old kids that have no idea of what the facts are or how o fact check anything? This article is so filled with lies and miss-truths its ridiculous. Here I’ll help the writer, the fact is this, the deal to get Titanfall had absolutely nothing to do with Respawn, this was stated by Vince Zampella himself, it was a dirty shyster deal, the kind with briefcases full of money Microsoft offered up to EA behind Respawn’s back, they knew nothing of it, had Respawn had their way it would have come to both systems to get the most sales potential but Microsoft saw it and figured “hey dude bro shooter, we are all about dude bro shooters, COD was popular, this looks like COD, the FPS crowd will eat it up”, so they went about doing their dirty rotten deal. There, now that’s the true story.

    • Mikeherp Derp

      Doesn’t seem like a dirty deal to me. Sony played their cards too close and didn’t tempt EA into considering PS4 more viable than it turned out to be.

    • Theycallmestan

      So what you are saying MS payed for the rights for TF. Thats understandable, and it happens all the time. How many first party studious does Sony have? You know they bought all them, right? MS did the same thing last Gen. They bought IP’s and kept the studios 3rd party. It’s no different then Gears.

      You are right about one thing. Respawn chose the souce engine because the game was going to be multiplat. The Source engine is easier to develop for the PS3. You know how I know this. RESPAWN SAID IT right after E3. Not some bullshit insider from GAF.

      So you are pissed because MS saw a great title and bought it? It’s weird how everything turns into dirty deals when the other side has a great IP.

  • Ashler

    Boy, did Respawn screw the pooch on this one…!

  • zwirbel

    Oh Lord i get tired of this childish comments everywhere. Go ahead and Play your games you prefer! No Need to bash others!or? But one funny Thing is that bungie was never accepted from sony fans neihter their game HALO
    But now destiny will be mentioned everywhere..it´s also on PS4
    please grow up or go for a Job to effort all Systems otherwise shut up and enjoy your games

  • tech

    LOL, I smell butthurt by famousmortimer. The Giant Monster thing must really be grating on him…
    :D :D :D

  • Spartanking300x

    Ok Respawn wanted to focus on one system that’s perfectly fine with me but the fact is respawn just wanted to see how well it would do on xbox one at launch and hopefully if successful develop a ps4 version a couple months down the road. But EA made a deal with Microsoft behind their backs insuring the game doesn’t come ps4.

  • Commander Jim

    Doesnt seem true. Vince Zampella seemed surprised and not all that happy when Titanfall was made a Xbox exclusive, as opposed to just a timed exclusive which it seemed to have been previously. And the code in the beta revealed work had been done for PS3 and PS4 versions of the game.

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