Late yesterday evening Vince Zampella, founder of Respawn Studios, revealed on twitter that the Xbox 360 version of their upcoming shooter, TitanFall, had been outsourced to the third-party studio Bluepoint Games.
The 360 version is being done by the amazing team at Bluepoint Games.
— Vince Zampella (@VinceZampella) January 28, 2014
Now there is nothing particularly surprising about a company outsourcing a game’s development on a certain platform. This normally happens when the company in question doesn’t have the skills or resources to develop for that platform so they outsource to a company that does.
But what is really strange here is that Respawn have outsourced the Xbox 360 development of TitanFall to Bluepoint studios whose history of development is primarily on the PlayStation family of consoles. Bluepoint is the studio behind the recent ports of thatgamecompany’s PS3 game Flower and were in charge of the ports of the God of War Collection and The Ico & Shadow of the Colossus Collection also only on PS3. they did do the Metal Gear Solid HD collection on both Xbox 360 and PS3, but that’s it.
The choice seems strange. Bluepoint seems to be a competent port factory, and not to be overly harsh on Bluepoint but it’s not like their history of PlayStation titles has won heaps of awards and there isn’t a single shooter in here. With their lack of Xbox 360 experience as well as lack of experience with shooters, It really does seem to be a strange move that has me extremely worried about the quality of the Xbox 360 version.
Last Updated: January 28, 2014
January 28, 2014 at 11:03
I wouldn’t buy Titanfall on my Xbox 360 so no worries, unless of course all my buddies are playing it on live and it ends up being really good, which I hope but still feel it will be another Brink..
Kensei Seraph Moe Ninja
January 28, 2014 at 11:04
That header makes me want to see a Titanfall/Bioshock crossover.
January 28, 2014 at 11:05
Not to worry. Bluepoint only needs to make sure the servers caters for 6V6 games.
January 28, 2014 at 11:11
The Master Race measures their teraflops in XBox 360’s #trueStoryBros
oVg 60fps > 30fps
January 28, 2014 at 11:16
It does not matter if it is good or bad. It is an ON-LINE only game so they can make it whatever they want whenever they want.
Its a service.
Umar Break Dancing Cyborg
January 28, 2014 at 11:28
Every one of those ports was the best I’ve seen. MGS HD and SoC were both amazing and flawlessly done…I don’t think we should be that worried
January 28, 2014 at 12:46
Is anyone really going to play Titanfall on an Xbox 360?