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Titanfall Will Be Released on March 11

Respawn Entertainment's hotly anticipated mech 'n soldier shooter has a release date.

You've heard us rave about Titanfall, but everyone will see 'n play what the former Call of Duty developers, Respawn Entertainment, have been up to on March 11, 2014.

That's the just-announced release date for Titanfall, and it's arriving for Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC on the same day.

The studio has also detailed its ridiculous collector's edition, a whopping $249.99 package that includes the game, a 190-page art book, a schematic poster for the Atlas Titan, and an 18" Titan statue "with diorama and battery-powered LED lighting." Insanity!

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Posted by Dimi3je

PC on the same day? Wow

Posted by AlmightyBoob

And PS4 later, as they've never denied it's only a timed exclusive.

Edited by hidden81

I'll play this on my PC Hooray!!!!!!

Posted by jimmyfenix

Good to see next gen games getting release dates but oh man ! Isn't destiny supposed to come out around that time ?

Posted by carg0

$250, huh? is that all? hope they planned on only making 5 copies then... lol

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Edited by porjos

I'm glad to see so many games these days getting PC same day releases.

Posted by 0xdtmx0

same day as dark souls 2...wah woh!

Edited by DonPixel

PC lads, getting it on PC.

Posted by steelerzfan101

That's a big ass collector's edition! Lots of cool stuff though...

Posted by masterpaperlink

but darksouls

Edited by Atwa

PC!! DEFINITIVE VERSION

Posted by ArcadiaExeter

so glad it's out on PC. this was one of the only reasons i might have wanted an Xbone.

Posted by Itwastuesday

RUNNIN UP AGAINST DARK SOULS 2 HUH

YOU WILL REGRET THIS!!!

Edited by GaspoweR

@jimmyfenix:

Yeah, in a way this is probably what EA is probably going to market to go head to head with Destiny since Battlefield has been pretty much focused on going up against Call of Duty. My other worry is that this is probably going to be also the same time frame as Watch Dogs.

Also Destiny being a console exclusive with no plans of a PC release at the moment is a deal breaker for me. :(

Also: Man, I have never gotten into Collector's Editions but this one though....0_o
But I could contribute that amount to a new video card. Oh bad decisions.... :/

Edited by THRICE_604

I'll just wait for PS4 6-12 months down the road or Titanfall 2. Respawn has said numerous times a major factor outside of the co-marketing help from Microsoft for the exclusivity was they didn't have the manpower or the money for a new studio's first IP to hit five platforms. So they limited scope to two consoles and PC. And have dropped hints all over the place about it not being out of the question later down the road for PS4. Hell they've said flat out their choice of the source engine was because it played nice with PS3.

Posted by chilibean_3

But I want to play it noooooooooooooooow :(

Posted by JJBSterling

I wonder if being on origin will dissuade anyone from getting it on PC.

Edited by JackSukeru

Hey, I remember that date! It's the date Dark Souls 2 comes out!

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Posted by Hef

@jjbsterling: It's either origin or a $500 console. I think I can stomach origin for that.

Posted by Hassun

Let's be honest, EA and Respawn are deathly afraid of Dark Souls II and are trying to get out there before it does.

Posted by JayEH

That CE is darn expensive

Posted by SilentBob251

Looking like a day one XB1 purchase for me. That statue looks pretty damn awesome too. I'm always wary of buying expensive collectors editions for new franchises though. Wouldn't want to get stuck with an 18" statue for a game I end up hating.

Posted by Sarge__Gunnerz

Dang I wonder how many Collector Editions they will make/sell. Either way, stoked for this game.

Posted by THRICE_604

@gaspower: Watch Dogs is slated now between April and June. Even if it goes early April that is about a month out from Titanfall. EA and Respawn are probably concerned for the amount marketing dollars Activision will throw behind Bungie and Destiny. For the Call of Duty crowd I don't think Respawn will be able to float on from the makers of COD the same way Bungie will. If you're a Halo player you know that Bungie logo regardless of how casual you are. I suspect not every COD player knows back story to Respawn.

Posted by joshth

That's my birthday! Too bad I'm not terribly interested in first person shooters, but that's nice that it will come out this soon for those who are eagerly anticipating it. I'm definitely curious to see what happens with PS4 though.

Posted by Blaskowi

So it seems like waiting until spring to pick up a new console is the right idea right now.

Posted by MeatSim

I kinda get the feeling this will be delayed to fall 2014, but great if it actually comes out in March.

Posted by Rayeth

Well no time for this game sadly. If they are releasing on the same time as Dark Souls 2, then I will be too busy adventuring in chain-mail to pilot a mech.

Posted by RazielCuts

$250 for a collectors edition?! $100 dollars more and you'd have yourself a PS4 for that, hell even a Wii U for that. To think you could either get a game or an entirely new console is kind of batshit insane. Anyone know what the standard price'll be?

Posted by Dooley

oh cool same day as PC now I don't have to get a Xbox One

Posted by LoveSpuds

Will pick it up on PC just because I am not very patient but when it gets its PS4 release I will be all over it like white on rice, that's where all my workmates will be playing it :)

Edited by fleabeard

Yay, a birthday present to myself!

Posted by bkbroiler

@itwastuesday said:

RUNNIN UP AGAINST DARK SOULS 2 HUH

YOU WILL REGRET THIS!!!

rip respawn

Edited by ei8htbit

@thrice_604: While I don't think it's unreasonable to assume Titanfall, or it's conceivable sequel may land on the PS4 much later down the road, I think the reason this game is exclusive to Microsoft goes beyond just marketing support. It's more to do with the fact this game is an online multiplayer experience at it's core and Microsoft is the only one out there offering massive, developer-expense-friendly, dedicated cloud servers in the form of Azure and Xbox Live. It's something that affects how certain processes and computations are offloaded and actually coded into the game, and it's a technical difference that separates them from Sony and PS4 who rely on P2P or Player-hosted servers to run multiplayer on PSN. Even the 360 version of this release will be given access to dedicated Azure cloud servers. In that regard it's more a question of infrastructure moreso than marketing dollar support or timed exclusive incentive.

One of the networking engineers at Respawn, Jon Shiring, wrote a thorough post on their site about this. He basically attempts to shed some light on exactly what benefits are actually behind Xbox Live vs player hosted servers beyond the "cloud" buzzword that was tossed around so much way back at E3. Anyway, I found it interesting. He also discusses meeting with Sony early on and why they went with Microsoft instead:

"I personally talked to both Microsoft and Sony and explained that we need to find a way to have potentially hundreds-of-thousands of dedicated servers at a price point that you can’t get right now. Microsoft realized that player-hosted servers are actually holding back online gaming and that this is something that they could help solve, and ran full-speed with this idea.

The Xbox group came back to us with a way for us to run all of these Titanfall dedicated servers and that lets us push games with more server CPU and higher bandwidth, which lets us have a bigger world, more physics, lots of AI, and potentially a lot more than that!"

In my opinion, until Sony can beef up it's server support for PSN with any semblance of dedicated servers as opposed to having to rely on player-hosting or just Gaikai cloud streaming, I don't think Titanfall will be arriving on that platform anytime soon.

Posted by leem101

with a release date on this now, i'm starting to get excited for next gen, need a job first though to afford the new consoles as PC struggling to play games on high graphical settings lately and I know it'll get worse with a next generation and the general bump in system requirements that will bring

Posted by The_Vein

Same day on PC means I'll get it for PC I think.

Edited by sofus

Titanfall schmitanfall. D.A.R.K.S.O.U.L.S.2. . . :)

Posted by Hitchenson

All I want is Destiny.

Posted by THRICE_604

@ei8htbit: That is all well and good but people totally blow out of proportion the way Titanfall uses the Azure network. Respawn has also said the PC version will not have those tools and it will be slightly different. The Azure network is being used for two things in Titanfall, dedicated servers and offloading AI. The AI for the PC version will need to be retooled to run off memory. This isn't something earth shattering considering every game ever made that is not Titanfall has run its AI off system memory. As for dedicated servers its an EA game. EA has its own server infrastructure in place that it uses for every other single game they put out. They can release Titanfall on the PlayStation 4 and use their own servers and have even more control over the game. Titanfall is not magic and the Azure network is not magic they are not intertwined that the game is coming out of two platforms that don't have access to it.

Posted by spraynardtatum

PC on the same day.

Woohoo!

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Edited by Itwongo

Holy shit happy birthday to me!

Edited by AssInAss

Dark Souls 2 on the same day?

You done fucked up Respawn, son.

Posted by Sick_Sick_Sick

Garrrr this has put a royal spanner in the works was right about to cancel my one preorder and walk off into the sunset with the ps4 now the great debate of our time ( in my head ) begins again

Posted by Krakn3Dfx

And PS4 later, as they've never denied it's only a timed exclusive.

Went with the PC version myself, but pretty reliable "insiders" have put the timed exclusivity at 1 year, so if true, I would guess a PS4 version will drop no earlier than 3/15.

Whether or not that holds true remains to be seen. If it becomes huge, then potentially MS could throw a lot of money at Respawn to keep the franchise on the XBox platform, but that becomes harder to justify for Respawn if the PS4 ends up with a bigger install base IMO.

Interesting to speculate, fun to watch it all play out over time.

Edited by FunkasaurasRex

But what date will it be delayed to?

Edited by StriderNo9

Don't need a Xbox One until March then, right?

Edit: I'm surprised there are so many people that actually think Titanfall won't outsell Dark Souls 2. Both should be great games but TF just has a much broader appeal.

Posted by ptys

Hey! That's my birthday! Thanks Mic-soft... although I won't be buying your shitty console.

Edited by TheManWithNoPlan

Wonderful! Hopefully it's not delayed a several weeks before it's supposed to come out, like another game in mind.

Posted by mrcraggle

I won't be getting an Xbox One, I no longer have my 360 and the PC version requires Origin. Yep, looks like I'm getting Dark Souls 2.

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