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Respawn Entertainment’s First Game Is Titanfall

A leaked magazine cover confirms much of what we already knew, including Xbox exclusivity.

We knew Respawn would be revealing its new shooter at E3, but it probably wasn’t supposed to happen like this.

A NeoGAF poster subscribes to Game Informer digitally through Google Play, and the latest issue downloaded to his tablet, complete with details on Titanfall. It’s likely this issue wasn’t supposed to go live until next week, as it reveals some big news, such as the game’s exclusivity to Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

A PC version is also coming, and development on the Xbox 360 version is happening externally.

The game’s being built on a heavily modified version of Valve’s Source engine, and has a huge focus on mech combat. In this world, mechs are called titans.

According to the poster, the magazine lists Titanfall’s release date as next spring.

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Edited by mrcraggle

Had a feeling Microsoft (with the success of CoD) would try and get this as an exclusive. I wonder if Sony will try and do anything?

Posted by jws

can't imagine this will stay exclusive to Microsoft for long.

Edited by Parsnip

Modified Source engine, that's kind of an unexpected engine choice.

Posted by Pezen

A mech focused game was certainly not what I was expecting.

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Posted by TimmyChaw

Source engine? Really?

Posted by RadixNegative2

Fuck yeah Source Engine! Wait...what?

Edited by RE_Player1

Glad that they aren't ignoring the PC but I haven't truly enjoyed an EA published game since Dead Space 2 so my hopes aren't super high.

I hope the next big thing for next generation isn't just slightly futuristic fps with MMO trappings.

Edited by formic12

It's a 1 year exclusive. Give me a sec, I'll grab the link.

Actually, Just click Patrick's link to the NeoGAF poster and read.

Posted by Winternet

Wait, Source engine? The hell?!

Posted by Beaudacious

All that matters is that its coming to PC, everything else is irrelevant. Hopefully this sets a new trend where consoles can be fighting for exclusivity, while everything just trickles out to PC anyways cause of the easy port job.

Posted by SomeJerk

MS were gunning for Bungie's Destiny for exclusive(s) originally, but ActivisonBlizzard seem to have enough sense in them to not gladly take half-billion moneyhats for company-wide exclusives like EA.

Good on ActiBlizz :3

Edited by Gyrfal

Everybody freaking out about Source engine: "Heavily modified" generally means that they just used it as a code base, it's not going to be recognizable as the same engine by the end.

Also, is it just me, or does every super-secret giant game need to be code named Titan now?

Posted by MrMazz

The source engine....really? That wasn't expected I'd always figured they have some sorta super duper version of Unreal to play with.

Edited by mrfluke

the fact that they are using the source engine and some of the other details the leaked game informer ran really makes me wonder what kind of budget these guys had before microsoft showed up with the exclusivity cash

Posted by frankepooz

Most likely they only use the netcode or whatever it is that makes the game run smooth online, like they did with the quake engine.

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@formic12 said:

It's a 1 year exclusive. Give me a sec, I'll grab the link.

Actually, Just click Patrick's link to the NeoGAF poster and read.

Unless I missed something it doesn't say that at all. It says they could not develop for all the consoles at the same time so they skipped PS4 but didn't rule out getting to it later (you can read this as MS paid for timed exclusive if you wish) but I didn't see them saying 1 year.

Posted by roc_553

Are all the characters gonna have Source engine eyes?

Posted by Sooty

Source engine? Really?

So what? Call of Duty has ran on a Quake 3 engine for the last decade.

Posted by KoolAid

I really like Mechs. A lot.

If this game makes Mechs mainstream...I'm pretty excited.

Edited by EthanML

This trend of people giving a shit about what engine a game uses as its base as if they actually have any real understanding of what impact that's likely to have on the game is pretty dumb.

I can only imagine the amount of eye rolling and sighs from developers when they read a lot of those type of comments.

Edited by Ett

With the more damage to kill and faster pace I hope we are going to see a UT/Q3 type with new gameplay hooks

Posted by Willza92

@gyrfal: Yeah, it's part of the industry code naming standard.

Edited by Drakkel

That's actually an interesting concept, I was sure they'd just go and make another Call of Duty game at this point. Good on them for doing something different!

Edited by crusader8463

Dam. That's a shame it's an exclusive. Exclusives suck for everyone.

Edit: I just reread that post and it's coming to PC as well? So it's not an exclusive then. God damn I wish people would stop saying exclusives as if the PC was not a platform. It gets really damn confusing.

Posted by rm082e

@ethanml said:

This trend of people giving a shit about what engine a game uses as its base as if they actually have any real understanding of what impact that's likely to have on the game is pretty dumb.

+1. Means nothing.

More importantly, I think people need to have their expectations in check for what these systems will be able to do. The specs suggest they will not be leaping forward past the PC, but rather catching up to where it was a year ago. Even if it was the same Source Engine from Portal 2 (it's not) maxed out on recent hardware, that will look fine for 99% of players. For the 1%, go build a PC (no snark - I'm in that boat).

Edited by nccows

I thought EA was forcing all of it's developers to use Frostbite?

Edited by Zaxex

Honestly, this seems pretty big for Microsoft, Call of Duty 4 was huge, and a damn fine game to boot - the disinterest in Call of Duty by most of us started in earnest after these guys left . Whether or not this catches on like that did, remains to be seen - but this could be a very notable exclusive.

If it's a timed exclusive, which obviously isn't as absolute, it could still be a boon for them - generally I'm not willing to wait a year for some of the better games. As much as these cases tend to fuck consumers, Microsoft seem pretty smart in where they throw their money.

Edited by rm082e

@nccows said:

I thought EA was forcing all of it's developers to use Frostbite?

They're not EA owned.

Posted by probablytuna

Interested to see how good a Source Engine game looks on next-generation systems/hardware.

Edited by HadesTimes

modified source engine? Mmmm, then it will run REALLY well on the PC. I guess my decision has been made. LOL

Posted by eddiephlash

A Mech game where the Mechs are called Titans? How original!

Edited by clank543

Could be cool. Probably won't be playing it though.

Posted by Clink

Wtf, it looks exactly like old cod games in the pic.. well done game devs LOL

Edited by Dark_Lord_Spam

I don't know what it says that I saw that Modern Warfare screen and immediately thought "yeah, that definitely looks like the next game from those guys."

Edited by Tobyus

This makes me so excited. :D :D

Edited by MightyMayorMike

@koolaid said:

I really like Mechs. A lot.

If this game makes Mechs mainstream...I'm pretty excited.

Me, too. I'm really curious how they handle. That's a big part of it for me.

Posted by jayjonesjunior

Interested to see how good a Source Engine game looks on next-generation systems/hardware.

All you need to do is launch Steam on any 1-2 year old gaming PC.

Edited by whatisdelicious

@clink said:

Wtf, it looks exactly like old cod games in the pic.. well done game devs LOL

That's because that's Call of Duty 4 LOL

Posted by Stimpack

I don't know what it says that I saw that Modern Warfare screen and immediately thought "yeah, that definitely looks like the next game from those guys."

Think inside the box, as they say.

Posted by sirdesmond

@parsnip said:

Modified Source engine, that's kind of an unexpected engine choice.

I was thinking the same thing. All of this story seemed like what we expected to happen but the Source engine bit is a bit odd. How great can it really look in a next-gen sense? Portal 2 looked great but that was more art direction than raw technical power. I guess we'll see more at E3.

Posted by Quarters

Can't bring myself to care about this. I'd rather just play CoD more.

Posted by fargofallout

This is being published by EA, right? If so, will the PC version be exclusive to Origin?

Edited by probablytuna

@probablytuna said:

Interested to see how good a Source Engine game looks on next-generation systems/hardware.

All you need to do is launch Steam on any 1-2 year old gaming PC.

You know what I mean, a new game that's running on a new (albeit altered) version of the Source.

Posted by Shivoa

Source engine probably means they wanted to grab a cross-platform codebase they were familiar with (CoD still using Quake netcode) for basic stuff with mature tools, middleware hooks, and asset import options on which to build their own (or expand existing) renderer and other systems. Not to say you can't make a good looking game with the current Source engine but I wouldn't say that points to anything that'll be visible to the game player in the final title. Bit of a throwaway curiosity trivial rather than useful information.

Posted by Cirdain
Edited by Pudge

PC Version and using the Source Engine? Oh happy day! Valve wouldn't let them use the Source engine without a release on Steam would they?

Edited by TheHT

Wow, Source huh? That'a cool. Newer Source games like Left 4 Dead and Portal 2 have had this odd sort of smoothness that I really like.

Posted by jakkblades

@jws said:

can't imagine this will stay exclusive to Microsoft for long.

IDK, I think this is Microsoft's XBO Gears of War.

Posted by Kung_Fu_Viking

The use of the Source Engine in this context basically means nothing since, as the text says, it will be heavily modified beyond the version that has powered other games.

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