We’ve been saying for a while that Titanfall was a reason to get the Xbox One. It looks incredible, and when the guys got their hands on it at Gamescom they were blown away. Now, it’s confirmed that it is indeed a Microsoft exclusive. You won’t be playing it on your PS4; not now, not next year, not ever.
There were rumors that Titanfall would be a timed exclusive – how could a game this big not eventually come to Sony’s platform? Well, quite simply, it won’t. EA’s CFO, Black Jorgensen, stated during their second quarter financial earnings call that Titanfall will be exclusive to Microsoft platforms and PC “for the life of the title”. This was again confirmed via twitter by Larry Hryb, aka Major Nelson:
Yes, @Titanfallgame game is exclusive. No, not a timed exclusive. It will only be available on Xbox One, Xbox 360 & PC
— Larry Hryb (@majornelson) October 29, 2013
Vince Zampella, co-founder of Respawn, took to twitter:
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 =(
— Vince Zampella (@VinceZampella) October 29, 2013
I’m sure there are a lot of disappointed people out there – exclusives are always frustrating. Now all the PlayStation fans who loved The Last of Us can feel the PC and Xbox gamer’s pain. In all seriousness, I think it highlight’s the ‘special’ relationship between EA and Microsoft. I can tell you now, this game will ship units of the Xbox One. People will want to play this game, and will get what they need to make it happen. However, if the franchise becomes as big as everyone is hoping/assuming, I’m not sure that Microsoft and EA will be able to cover the costs of keeping Respawn from making it multi-platform in future iterations of the game.
Still, I’m surprised that Zampella wasn’t aware of this from the start. Did someone not read their agreements properly, or was he just screwed over by EA? Not that he can really complain – EA and Microsoft have done a ton to promote Titanfall and ensure its success. Never wise to bite the hand that feeds you.
Last Updated: October 30, 2013