If Titanfall had virtual reality support you might barf everywhere

Producer Drew McCoy says the game's wall-running mechanics in VR would make you hurl; confirms studio worked on single-player prototype.

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Don't expect Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC multiplayer shooter Titanfall to add a virtual reality mode anytime soon. Speaking with GameSpot today at PAX East, producer Drew McCoy said he's enthusiastic about virtual reality headsets like Oculus Rift and Sony's Project Morpheus, but stressed that the results for a very vertical-oriented game like Titanfall could be sickening for players.

"I used to think there would be," McCoy said about the potential for a Titanfall VR mode.

McCoy said Respawn has a few Oculus Rift development kits in the office, and that he even has one at home. He described VR tech as "really cool," but not for a game like Titanfall.

"I don't know that people are going to be able to keep their lunch down," McCoy said. "Maybe in a titan because you're stuck to that horizontal plane. But if you're trying to wall-run and look down six stories, I think people are going to barf everywhere."

"I think [VR] definitely has awesome uses; I don't know that Titanfall is one of them," he added.

Also in our interview, McCoy discussed the recently revealed single-player Titanfall prototype that Respawn created earlier on in development.

"It'll be interesting to see people's response because we did work on a single-player prototype before we decided what we were going to eventually make, and this was year's ago," McCoy recalled.

More information about the Titanfall's single-player prototype will be available in journalist Geoff Keighley's "Final Hours" Titanfall feature, though it's not clear when that will become available.

"It will be interesting to see the Internet's reaction of 'Oh, look at that, they've got a single-player in their back pocket!' No,no, no. We protoyped this tiny little thing [raises voice]," he added.

Respawn is supporting Titanfall with numerous and significant content updates, so might the studio revive this single-player mode some day? Don't count on it.

"Probably not," McCoy said. [Titanfall] was never envisioned as a solo experience."

Today at PAX East, Respawn also officially announced Titanfall's first expansion, called Expedition, and teased that new modes and features are coming to the game sometime down the road.

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch
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Discussion

160 comments
tokyoe
tokyoe

bullshit. he's using that "barfing" explanation just to not have to deal with it (VR) at all. the xbox couldn't process two pics anyway like the PC would and he prevents the platform discussion and technical difficulties. too many liars in this industry.

croxus
croxus

IF??? IF? Cmon Eddy, thats disgusting, enough with it!

If we start making articles articles with IF for every game out there, we would need a new games site.

And we have had enough of this selective BIAS and personal campaign to promote this game...

colbster
colbster

It's worth a shot. This is like saying "Oh no don't drive a car or fly on a plane because you might get motion sickness."

filfieldv
filfieldv

Would this to the jerky/twitchy nature of the game. Is VR only good for smooth action games. Surely 60fps+ is essential to the success of Virtual reality?!

CeeJaySFII
CeeJaySFII

I'm going to have to agree with this. There is a lot of movement in Titanfall. I normally play on a PC with 3D Vision with a 55" screen. I tried playing it on my 140" projector in 3D and it was too much. I'm going to assume that VR would be even worse since your whole field of view is being used.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

I have a feeling they are right. I have a friend who has motion issues already, and this game pushes his limits. It's very fast, and has used vertical like I have never seen before.

It's the fastest FPS I have seen since Unreal Tournament, but UT never had vertical scope like this.

themc_7
themc_7

I can understand this. VR messes with your eyes. Your eyes are tricked, so in that moment where your eyes try to make sense of what they're seeing a feeling of motion sickness can occur. If you've ever seen a movie at imax with the curved screen it can mess with your eyes in a very similar way.

pyosisified
pyosisified

I barf everywhere whenever I hear or see 'Titanfall' already, doesn't need VR to achieve this. 

callsignalpha
callsignalpha

i think he barfed himself while playing the game in VR

xophaser
xophaser

no, VR in theory unless done bad shouldn't get people motion/sea sick/etc. as bad as regular games.  VR you are see thing correctly as you turn your head.  I get sick of FPS because of the jerky camera while everything around me is still.  I played with VR (old school one with simple geometry) at a casino and didn't get that motion sickness.

Scarshi
Scarshi

Who knows for sure? Maybe VR will actually make the game more fun and replayable.

People go out drinking on weekends to barf on purpose. I don't see VR as an excuse.

Dasim64
Dasim64

Yea let's just lump everyone into one pile because that's how the world really works right? Obviously VR is going to make some people sick but to say everyone would puke is just stupid. Some will some won't just like some vomit on roller coasters and some don't. It's like that with anything. This sounds more to me like a developer already making excuses for not including VR and it's a pretty lame excuse.

Gary_Stanton
Gary_Stanton

People would vomit, but that's what Dramamine is for. Came in real handy during the early days of Quake, Goldeneye, and Descent (especially Descent)

vicsrealms
vicsrealms

Not in here mister!  This is a Mercedes!

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Only some people have this problem, but it definitely would happen to them.

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

This would be incredible in VR mode, although I reckon it really would make you feel kind of sick......


The Titan Ejection sequences would be brilliant!



RossRichard
RossRichard

Not interested unless you can die from it, like in The Matrix.

AirForce190B
AirForce190B

Seems like the only thing you would have to remember in order to play a game like this is that it isn't real.

suppaphly42
suppaphly42

as i have not used a rift this may not sound very credible. from what i've read the motion sickness was the result of lag when you move your head and what you see not being in sink  and that has,for the most part been fixed. now if you don't get sick every time you get on a plane, boat, car or roller coaster then why would titanfall make you sick also i read a bit about motion sickness and it seems to be caused by the body feeling or not feel what the eye is seeing or not seeing so why don't blind people walk around puking all the time or just when you close your eyes in the car 

TheExxorcist
TheExxorcist

If Titanfall implemented VR it would still be over rated. . .

Blazen702
Blazen702

Why do Sony Ponies try and turn a VR discussion into a fanboy war? Trolling idiots need to get their heads out Sony's asses.

nurnberg
nurnberg

Another reason why the so-called virtual reality will flop.  People are going to be sick because of it.

coolguyhero
coolguyhero

microsoft failed on xbox1from the begining 24 hour internet policies,used games policies,less powerful hardware with high price.they cheated gamers by giving high price console & now try make a fool by giving silly excuses.most of the people will agree on this with me.

DeadrisingX1
DeadrisingX1

Hah, that's a beautiful title, Eddie. Very classy.

Hurvl
Hurvl

"people are going to barf everywhere" Isn't that what gamers and industry people are after? The sort of realism that gives you a truly visceral feeling, one that actually triggers a physical response, instead of you just sitting there and twiddling your thumbs. One that wasn't achieveable with yesterdays primitive technology. 


BarCraft ain't crap against the glorious wonder of BarfCraft.


Inlex
Inlex

@croxus  It's a quote. He forgot the punctuation. Big fucking deal

wretch1d
wretch1d

@CeeJaySFII  Yeah imagine getting rocketed into the air and falling back down again a few times with that and it would be getting pretty bad in the stomach area

Xmus942
Xmus942

@pyosisified  

Wow, clever joke. Yawn, Titanfall trolls are becoming quite boring as a result of their unoriginality.

feleas
feleas

@xophaser  You obviously haven't played with the Oculus. Holy crap does that thing do one hell of an illusion. It's not perfect because it can't simulate forces acted on you while gaming but sometimes you forget yourself and do get lost in the game with the Oculus.

Chrypt22
Chrypt22

@Scarshi  Nah... he really does have a point.  I have messed with VR before in flight simulators and helmets, and let me tell you when you are flying around and things are sideways and you are stationary it can F with you bad.  Some people might be able to take it but I am betting the majority would have some serious issues.... sickness might be mild compared to vertigo and other crap..

Kunakai
Kunakai

@Dasim64  Why would he need to make excuses for not including it? VR is a long way from becoming a standard so any implementation would be a bonus, not an expectation. 

themc_7
themc_7

@Gary_Stanton  where do you stop though? I don't want to have to pop a pill everytime I sit down to play a videogame.

Dragon_Nexus
Dragon_Nexus

@Thanatos2k Eh, I think if you're the kind of person who knows they have this problem and plays past the nausia, past the headache and carries on into full on vomit mode, you have only yourself to blame.

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

@Thanatos2k

Your name reminds me of a very old game I had many years ago on my ZX Spectrum were you played a Dragon,


Off topic I know, but couldn't help but mention it due to it being a very unique name : )

mkeezay22
mkeezay22

@suppaphly42  No it's actually true, some of the VR roller coasters for OR have made people sick just because your body doesn't feel what your mind is seeing, the two different inputs to the brain are confusing and cause motion sickness and things like heights are interpreted by your brain as reality so if you get even butterflies in the stomach in real life from heights you will get them even worse from hanging on a wall 6 stories up shooting down.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@nurnberg People get sick going on roller coasters.  They totally flopped, right?

northshire
northshire

Pretty sure this has more to do with the type of game Titanfall is. Anything with intense, heavy action might make people queasy. But if we're talking things like The Sims or whatever I don't think it would be a problem. 

Blazen702
Blazen702

Wow you're an idiot. Get your head out of Sony's ass. Both are great machines for different types of gamers. Grow up and realize no 2 people are alike and everyone is entitled to their opinion but don't act like you know more then the developers at Respawn. The X1 at the moment has more exclusives and in the USA sold more for march then the PS4 did in console sales and that's fact. Another fact is the price with a game and camera is actually cheaper then PS4. Get a life loser.

jkflipflop98
jkflipflop98

@wretch1d @CeeJaySFII  Actually it wouldn't be that bad. I think wall running and being able to look down and see the 6 story gap you're overtop of would make it amazing. I've played plenty of TF2 in the DK1, and rocket jumping as a soldier is no big deal after you get used to it.

wretch1d
wretch1d

@feleas @xophaser  wasnt there also a suit on kickstarter that was supposed to simulate bullets etc, mixing oculas, that suit and the treadmill, would be pretty awesome

psicho1986
psicho1986

@feleas @xophaser I've played on the original Oculus, and the rollercoaster demo really made me feel anxiety and nausea, but I was still able to see pixels and the low response of the screens and that broke the illusion for me. Now that the new Oculus Kit with higher resolution and low latency display is available, paired with a high end PC running Titanfall on ultra settings, I kinda wish for a VR option, and not only in Titanfall, but in all games.

mkeezay22
mkeezay22

@Blazen702 That's just the thing the Xi isn't a great machine, it can't even run the new Trials at full HD which is really shameful.

Grayzer
Grayzer

@Chrypt22 @Kunakai @Dasim64  I'd imagine that games and the headset it self would come with warnings regarding this, similar to PS3/4 coming with epilepsy warnings