Titanfall to remain exclusive to Microsoft, PC

EA dashed any hopes for a PS4 version of Titanfall, stating during today's financial call that the game would remain exclusive to Microsoft consoles and PC for the duration of its life cycle.

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Those hoping to get a taste of towering mechs on their PlayStation 4 will be very disappointed to hear that Titanfall will most likely not find its way to a Sony platform. EA has stated that the game will remain exclusive to Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC for the entirety of its life cycle.

"In the case of Titanfall, it's a brand new IP and it's exclusive only for the life of the title on Xbox One and Xbox 360 and PC," said EA CFO Blake Jorgensen during today's EA financial call (via Joystiq).

This statement contradicts an earlier statement from Respawn, who had previously expressed that a PS4 version was "definitely not out of the question." Respawn's Vince Zampella has weighed in on Twitter, adding that the studio will not release Titanfall on PS4, but will develop future games for the platform.

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    October 29, 2013 3:45 PM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, Titanfall to remain exclusive to Microsoft, PC.

    EA dashed any hopes for a PS4 version of Titanfall, stating during today's financial call that the game would remain exclusive to Microsoft consoles and PC for the duration of its life cycle.

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      October 29, 2013 3:51 PM

      "Microsoft, PC"... should have just stopped at "Microsoft", lol

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        October 29, 2013 4:13 PM

        tell that to forza

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          October 30, 2013 1:17 AM

          I'm really surprised there's no Forza on PC. I guess in the end it doesn't matter because Games for Windows Live. Even with the recent announcements to make it not awful I prefer to avoid it if I can.

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      October 29, 2013 4:12 PM

      "for the life of the title" so if it bombs then its ok to release it on the PS3/4.

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      October 29, 2013 4:25 PM

      Awesome, I'll totally be getting it on PC.

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        October 29, 2013 8:08 PM

        On Origin? I'd rather not. And it's a Source engine game, only available on Origin or 360 / XBox One. Chet Faliszek and Erik Wolpaw couldn't have written more biting satire for this game's pre-launch.

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          October 29, 2013 9:39 PM

          Still boycotting Origin?

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            October 29, 2013 10:51 PM

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              October 30, 2013 1:20 AM

              Same here. For kicks I checked out Amazon for a boxed ME3 copy and it's dirt cheap at less than 5 bucks.

              With all the fall out over the ending, and the lack of your choices having impact I don't feel like I'm missing out too bad.

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                October 30, 2013 3:30 AM

                Oh but you are, if you liked the fiction you gotta play it, so much awesome stuff beyond just the grand finale mission

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                October 30, 2013 8:17 AM

                It's really just the final 15 minutes that sucked, especially pre director's cut. Post DC it's not as bad. Otherwise ME3 visits all the places only talked about in the first two. Like the various Homeworld planets of every major character. Gameplay it's the best of the ME's IMO.

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              October 30, 2013 3:29 AM

              Man, if it's your favorite just do it. I promise origin isn't that bad and won't interfere. I Havebt turned it on since. Me3 is great. Do it for yourself, for US. I beat it twice actually, it's amazing, you must play it.

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          October 29, 2013 10:11 PM

          Origin really isn't that bad. The only thing I don't like is my games being fragmented. But if it's a game I like. I couldn't give a damn where it's from. The 2 minutes of potential hassle from Origin is overshadowed by the potential 100s of hours of fun.

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            October 29, 2013 10:45 PM

            You aren't talking to a rational human being.

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              October 29, 2013 11:00 PM

              If you want change, vote with your dollars, they said. So I voted with my dollars and gamers call me an irrational human being. Okey dokey.

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                October 30, 2013 4:37 PM

                You have standards and expectations?! Entitled gamer! /s

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          October 30, 2013 1:25 AM

          What's the issue with Origin? I've used it for a few games and haven't really had any problems.

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            October 30, 2013 8:18 AM

            Memories of early versions playing black and white (might not even be theirs) not representative of today.

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          October 30, 2013 3:57 AM

          Is it confirmed as an exclusive to Origin? Ea still releases some games on steam.

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            October 30, 2013 8:33 AM

            it seems to largely be up to how EA handles the DLC associated with the title

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      October 29, 2013 5:11 PM

      Vince Zampella(Co-Founder of Respawn Entertainment) weighs in.
      http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=706403

      Sounds like he found out when everyone else did. Seems clear that if sequels do come they will hit PS4.

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        October 29, 2013 5:56 PM

        Yeah that's surprising , thought this was a gears of war exclusive type deal

        Good for ps4 gamers I guess. I'm still not sold personally on the gameplay

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          October 30, 2013 2:04 AM

          I think it looks really cool, but I can imagine the novelties that separate it from COD could become a little old quite quickly.

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        October 29, 2013 6:05 PM

        That's what I suspected. Apparently Microsoft recently threw EA additional cash to keep the game off PS4 forever. Apparently they feel they can't afford to lose this one. They're probably right, too.

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          October 29, 2013 6:47 PM

          Dunno, Titanfall doesn't seem to be getting a lot of preorders.

          http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2013/10/21/xbox-one-vs-ps4-top-pre-ordered-next-gen-video-games/

          However it's a new IP and a lot of people don't know about it, so maybe once it's out there people will give it more attention. Honestly, out of both consoles launch titles, Titanfall is the one I'm looking forward to most... just gonna get it on PC.

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            October 29, 2013 6:49 PM

            Err I guess it's not a launch title, still looking forward to the game most of all the currently announced next-gen games except for Infamous: Second Son

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            October 29, 2013 6:53 PM

            It's still too far out to preorder and people have games they want to buy and play this Holiday season.

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              October 29, 2013 7:48 PM

              yeah, I was thinking it was a launch title so I was comparing it to other launch titles

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                October 30, 2013 1:56 AM

                Yeah, I think MS and Sony both have kind of tried to let people think what they want about Titanfall and inFamous 3 being launch titles (which neither are, but keep showing up in promo stuff).

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        October 29, 2013 6:19 PM

        Makes sense. Still, do a lot of PC gaming though, so... I probably would have just bought it on PC anyway.

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      October 29, 2013 6:35 PM

      How do exclusivity deals work, and is it usually beneficial for the developer? As a developer, you sign a contract saying you can only put out your game for one platform, and I assume they get compensated for that. So is the compensation a flat fee? A percentage of sales? I assume whatever they're getting has to be more than the revenue generated (minus the costs associated) with going multi-plafform, right?

      Or is that way off base?

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        October 29, 2013 6:55 PM

        The developer takes money from a publisher to make games. Publishers work deals with system owners for licensing and/or exclusivity. This carries over on to the Developer as it will affect development processes.

        I'd imagine the Respawn guys worked all out on the XB1 and PC versions and were expecting to get resources for PS4 later, they might have had a small amount towards it but nothing significant since nothing was announced.

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        October 29, 2013 7:38 PM

        There are any number of ways exclusivity deal are arranged. The most common is that Microsoft will promise some lofty amount of marketing dollars to support the title. This can be appealing for a new IP and/or a new studio. But, since this is EA there may be other larger items on the table.

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          October 29, 2013 11:11 PM

          There would have to be more to it than marketing dollars or EA is insane.

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        October 29, 2013 11:06 PM

        It's really hard to to say in this case. If they had a bonus based on sales not coming out on both platforms would hurt their ability to get that bonus. Seeing as how these guys were flush with cash I am going to assume they signed a good deal and their lawyers would have written in something to renegotiate the bonus if it is based on sales and EA does something to restrict its sales.

        We don't know what the deal is and Respawn is not the typical indie studio so who knows. I guess I assume they had so much money of their own they wouldn't have taken a bad deal from EA to deal with the publishing end. EA I believe has rights to Repsawn's games for a certain number of years and I don't think they would have given that up unless the deal was pretty good. They may have even had competing offers from MS. I would assume there are also performance bonuses because IW was used to get the most extreme bonuses I have ever heard of in the game industry. But EA making an exclusive deal throws a monkey wrench into that that I hope Respawn's lawyers accounted for.

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      October 29, 2013 10:44 PM

      If I were EA and I were banking on this becoming a great new franchise, COD competitor, I would definitely not want to restrict it to one console. Building a player base should be more important or it's just short-term money.

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        October 29, 2013 10:46 PM

        Halo really suffered.

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          October 30, 2013 1:28 AM

          Never heard of it. Was that some indie game or something?

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            October 30, 2013 8:03 AM

            So I went to a microplay for the first time ever last week. It was pretty awesome. On that note someone in there was looking for couch coop games for their 360. The person working was like "I recommend Halo 4" and the customer was all "What is Halo?". The guy was like 30 years old, he would have been in his prime when Halo was out, where the hell was he hes never ever heard of it.

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          October 30, 2013 1:57 AM

          But his point still stands - COD is a bigger franchise, partially thanks to it being multiplatform.

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            October 30, 2013 4:01 AM

            GTA 3 started off as PS2 exclusive, having the "first" game as an exclusive can drive up the sales if/when the franchise go's multi-platform. Although GTA 3 did eventually come out on the Xbox.

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              October 30, 2013 4:59 PM

              I don't think it matters so long as the game is good. Mass Effect's long restriction to 360/PC didn't stop Playstation players from diving in eagerly-- even though 1/3rd of the story was missing.

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              October 30, 2013 4:59 PM

              Somehow, I responded to you instead of the root. My bad!

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          October 30, 2013 7:26 AM

          Umm, actually Halo was on more than one console.
          http://videogamesdaily.com/content/halo-2600-carts.jpg
          http://members.shaw.ca/jeffv/halo2600.html

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        October 29, 2013 10:58 PM

        It's hard to say without knowing how much short term money MS paid EA.

        I wonder what would have been the result of PS4 getting this as an exclusive?

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          October 29, 2013 11:05 PM

          Actually it probably won't be that bad if they pump out another non-exclusive in a year or so.

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            October 29, 2013 11:08 PM

            I don't think so. Probably 1.5 years. Holiday 2015

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        October 30, 2013 7:23 AM

        Not in the first year of a console launch. Let's assume they're going to follow the CoD model with this and release another one in a year. Now let's look at this from EA's eyes.

        1. New IP = risk.
        2. Expensive AAA game = RIsk
        3. New Console cycle with lower number of potential sales = risk.
        4. Get a bunch of money from MS up front for first year = safe
        5. Sit back and see if first game is a success. If it is, plan multi console release for second game = safe

        They're making all the right decisions with this. Everyone will get it eventually.

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          October 30, 2013 7:43 AM

          And it will also sell a few more consoles for MS.

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        October 30, 2013 7:42 AM

        I don't think it will be exclusive for the sequel.

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        October 30, 2013 11:20 AM

        Does building up a large player base over multiple consoles matter as much when the platforms can't play against each other?

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      October 30, 2013 12:24 AM

      Honestly they can keep it.

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      October 30, 2013 5:35 PM

      oh yeah got my collectors edition for my xbox one

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      November 1, 2013 3:30 PM

      Awwww, those poor babies, Maybe they'll get a port after a year or somin and feel the pain of dealing with p.o.s ports.

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