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'Titanfall' to Be Microsoft-Exclusive

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The upcoming video game "Titanfall" will not be coming to PlayStation consoles, thanks to a deal between publisher Electronic Arts (EA) and Microsoft, the maker of the Xbox game consoles.

EA Chief Financial Officer Blake Jorgensen announced the news via Twitter yesterday (Oct. 29), the same day that EA released its quarterly earnings report.  

MORE: Xbox One vs. PlayStation 4: Console Comparison

"Titanfall" is a science-fiction first-person shooter video game developed by Respawn Entertainment and published by EA, in which players pilot robot mech suits called "titans" to compete and fight one another.

The game will be online multiplayer only, though the developers have said that there will be narrative elements as well.

"Titanfall" was first announced at Microsoft's E3 2013 news conference, where the game was positioned as one of the flagship titles for Microsoft's next-generation console, the Xbox One, though the game is coming out for the Xbox 360 as well.

At the time, it was unclear whether the game would come to the PlayStation 3 and 4 at a later date.

Titanfall: Official Angel City Gameplay Trailer

Now, it seems that "Titanfall" will never come to a PlayStation console. The exact nature of Microsoft and EA's agreement is unclear, though some journalists have speculated that Microsoft paid EA to grant it exclusive rights.

Like many in the video game industry, EA has had a bit of a rough year. Its earnings report shows a net loss of $273 million, though its total revenue was higher than its original projections.

"Titanfall" will be released March 11, 2014, for the Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC for $59.99.

Source: EA via Forbes

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    bubby030311 , October 30, 2013 12:15 PM
    just happy that its comin to pc.. :) 
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    bubby030311 , October 30, 2013 12:15 PM
    just happy that its comin to pc.. :) 
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    DRosencraft , October 30, 2013 12:55 PM
    Graphically the game looks great. But online multiplayer only games tend to be fairly shallow and ultimately boring to me. I know popular opinion differs from me, but I'll be looking elsewhere for a PC game this Spring. Might be able to finish a system hardware refresh by then too.
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    giovanni86 , October 30, 2013 1:05 PM
    Considering its only focus is multiplayer. I hope it has a stellar launch because BF4 is nothing but a nightmare to play MP. Though today i was able to play on 2 servers without the 3 things plaguing it.. Audio cuts. Rubber banding. Crash to desktop. Hopefully RE doesn't have these issues and I'm pretty sure they won't.
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    makaveli316 , October 30, 2013 1:05 PM
    There are tons of people, who don't play multiplayer. How do you want me to spend money on something (not talking about Titanfall) that has few hours of single player? I won't, i will pirate it, yes, cause i won't spend 60 bucks for only single player.
    Yes, i don't play multi for various reasons (time, lack of interest, don't want to play with/hear stupid little kids whining on their microphones, ecc.).
    Make available only single player of a certain game, even only in digital form, but for a reasonable price.
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    soccerplayer88 , October 30, 2013 1:55 PM
    This is EA we are talking about here.

    They'll pretty it up as much as possible and then cut chunks out of the game to make more money as DLC's.

    I stopped buying EA's products after they bastardized my beloved C&C and ripped apart Westwood Studios.
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    booyaah , October 30, 2013 2:07 PM
    Newsflash:

    EA's main problem causing them to lose money isn't because of them not signing exclusivity deals, it's because they force developers to push out unfinished games, require users to pay another $100 for the rest of the content, add on-line DRM out the whazoo, they make titles with more cut-scenes than gameplay, automatic save-points, and they like to shut down on-line servers.
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    nevilence , October 30, 2013 2:42 PM
    soccerplayer88
    the last c&c game i truely loved was yuris revenge, after that things just went to hell

    booyaah
    i agree, i doubt the released game will be even close to being a "full game", get those credit cards ready

    on a seperate note, the game play looks very interesting, and different. would be interested to give it a go
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    IndignantSkeptic , October 30, 2013 2:56 PM
    I thought this game was made on the engine from Valve Software who seem to be on an anti-Microsoft crusade right now. I think they will have something to say about this exclusivity deal.
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    atavax , October 30, 2013 3:18 PM
    The most disappointing part of this is that Respawn had no say in this. Reflecting that EA has enough control over their title, where they can definitively say it will never be ported to the PS4. This means it will almost definitely be origin exclusive, and who knows what cheesy tactics EA will force down our throats, day one dlc maybe? Pay2Win? who knows. Went from one of the promising titles this generation, to a game i will likely skip.
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    atavax , October 30, 2013 4:02 PM
    The most disappointing part of this is that Respawn had no say in this. Reflecting that EA has enough control over their title, where they can definitively say it will never be ported to the PS4. This means it will almost definitely be origin exclusive, and who knows what cheesy tactics EA will force down our throats, day one dlc maybe? Pay2Win? who knows. Went from one of the promising titles this generation, to a game i will likely skip.
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    squirrelboy , October 30, 2013 4:28 PM
    wait, it's published by EA? I wish it was on steam... for linux...
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    dogofwars , October 30, 2013 4:40 PM
    Well if they would put game on Steam they might not have the cash problem they have and for Titanfall specifically I wish it good but again not too much into MP now.
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    mman74 , October 30, 2013 6:15 PM
    We can only gauge the loss to PS once the review scores are in. You never can tell.
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    fat_panda , October 30, 2013 6:59 PM
    Peter Moore can't let go of Microsoft
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    Eisbrecher34 , October 30, 2013 7:03 PM
    Well, kudos to Microsoft on this one. With the absolutely horrible job of hyping up the XBOX One, this was a nice move on their part. I know a lot of people are looking forward to Titanfall, and even if it is an EA game, its still going to sell really well.
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    Martell1977 , October 30, 2013 9:34 PM
    So its EA's version of MechWarrior Online. MW Online is fun, but since I am boycotting all EA products, I will never know how this compares.

    My last EA game was BF3, and while it was fun, the campaign was woefully short for $60. Add to that how quickly DLC packs were made available (which I never bought any of) it was painfully obvious what a scam EA games have become. For me, I prefer single player content over multiplayer, I don't find it fun to jump around like a fool while trying to shoot the other jumping fools.
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    LordConrad , October 30, 2013 11:06 PM
    No interest in Titanfall, I'm waiting for Watch Dogs.
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    LordConrad , October 30, 2013 11:08 PM
    No interest in Titanfall, I'm waiting for Watch Dogs.
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