Respawn’s First Game is Reportedly an Xbox Exclusive
A new rumor suggests that the first game from Respawn Entertainment will be exclusive to Microsoft. According to a report from Kotaku, anonymous sources suggest that Respawn’s game will come to Microsoft’s next-gen console and to Xbox 360, “but no versions for rival PlayStation and Nintendo consoles.”
The report calls the title “multiplayer-centric” and “designed for multiplayer,” with sources suggesting that “the game is always-online.” This tidbit seemingly confirms recent rumors that the next Xbox will require a constant internet connection, though Kotaku has been unable to clarify “whether the game would permit offline play” as well. The sources “did not think that the game would have a standalone linear campaign.”
The game’s multiplayer is said to “operate on a grand scale,” featuring two factions with support for up to 16 players, though “Respawn would add AI-controlled characters to make the action more frenetic and to give novice players a greater chance to score some kills.” The game is also said to feature Titans, which are “giant exoskeletons” that soldiers can pilot. The Titans are “big mech-style walkers that move with an agility not seen in games like Mechwarrior or Steel Battalions” and would lend credibility to a recent rumor that the game is titled Titan.
Other bits in the report suggest that Respawn’s game “is made on a modified version of Valve’s Source engine, not on internal EA tech” and that the current-gen version is not made internally, but Respawn “is hand-picking a studio to make the 360 edition.”
Respawn was formed in 2010, though one blurry image marks the only official detail to be revealed. Respawn co-founder Jason West left Respawn in March, but Respawn confirmed that the game will make an appearance at E3. If it is Xbox-exclusive, we might get our first glimpse at Microsoft’s upcoming Xbox reveal event, which has been confirmed for May 21st.
We’ve reached out to EA and Respawn for comment and will update this story with any additional information we receive.
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