Microsoft throwing huge Titanfall launch party in Texas

Company to host launch event for Respawn's Xbox One game during SXSW in Austin next month featuring performance by Childish Gambino.

Titanfall is one of Microsoft's most-anticipated titles of 2014, so it should come as no surprise that the company has announced a huge launch party extravaganza to mark the game's release.

Microsoft will host a "launch celebration" for Titanfall at South By Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas starting on Monday, March 10 and running through midnight on March 11. Attending the event will be Xbox executives and personalities like Yusuf Mehdi and Major Nelson, as well as Respawn Entertainment cofounder Vince Zampella and community manager Abbie Heppe.

A special performance by Childish Gambino will cap off the evening.

The Titanfall launch event will take place at the Microsoft Studio at 323 Congress Ave. and kicks off at 9 p.m. local time. Attendance will be on a first come, first admitted basis, though Microsoft said you can follow Major Nelson and Xbox on Twitter for a chance to get into the event.

If you can't make it to Austin, not to worry, as Microsoft will broadcast the Titanfall launch event via the official Xbox Twitch channel.

Finally, Microsoft noted that over 6,000 retailers across the United States will open at midnight on March 11 to start selling copies of Titanfall for Xbox One and PC. What's more, Microsoft is planning special launch events across Europe, Canada, Mexico, Australia, and New Zealand.

Titanfall launches March 25 for Xbox 360. That version was developed externally by Bluepoint Games. In addition to the main game, Microsoft will sell a special $500 Xbox One bundle and a $65 limited-run controller. For more on Titanfall, be sure to read GameSpot's new feature The Next Big Game: Titanfall.

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch
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tightwad34
tightwad34

A bro-fest in Texas. I will not be there.

Karmazyn
Karmazyn

OMG I pre-ordered Titanfall on PC. Does it mean I can go to the Texas party.

SEANMCAD
SEANMCAD

yeah so over the decades south by southwest has changed a bit

Fabian85
Fabian85

Plan to buy for pc. Better graphics and controls. Not expecting very much though and didnt try the beta. would prefer them fixing 6vs6 and autolock aiming for weapons before buying. Bf2142 same style game had 64mp a decade back.

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

I really need to go to SXSW this year. 16+ years in this state and never been.


Wait, just read a comment mentioning that DSII comes out that next day.....

shina777
shina777

MS should save their money, winter is coming.

hippiesanta
hippiesanta

MS knows that this kind of game sells well to rednecks

GrenadeLauncher
GrenadeLauncher

I hope it's as much of a joke as the Xbone launch event was.

hystavito
hystavito

If you can't make it to Austin, not to worry, as Microsoft will broadcast the Titanfall launch event via the official Xbox Twitch channel.


What's the resolution and framerate of that broadcast? :)

max-hit
max-hit

I have no idea why would anyone buy Titanfall after that beta. It was interesting but only for the first two hours. I'd rather play DOTA 2 for free if I want a good online experience. 

Jacanuk
Jacanuk

Hmm, march 11 isent that when Dark Souls 2 is released so are they expecting anyone to even care about this event :)


deadpen
deadpen

I think microsoft nicknamed the party "The last supper"

Sto_Ln
Sto_Ln

Have fun partying with the hipsters in Austin MS.

Bigjoe275
Bigjoe275

I'm so excited about this game because it's what we need from the COD formula. So what it has mechs but that's not all the game does the pilots jump wall to wall. This game is hyped for a reason and that's because beta and alpa testers hyped it. And I'm one of the beta testers and that's why I bought 2 xbox one. One for me the other for my kids. I haven't felt this way about a FPS since MW2

Bigjoe275
Bigjoe275

I wouldn't Doubt that there are people who are getting the titanfall edition. It's better than the original.

g0ldenpr0pet
g0ldenpr0pet

Titanfall will be a success....for the PC and X360. It will not sell XBO consoles like Microsoft is hoping for...people are not that gullible, otherwise the PS4 would not be selling as well.

hadlee73
hadlee73

I'm seeing a few comments on the board about "Why does Titanfall have to be getting all this hype and attention from Gamespot?"

Unfortunately its the nature of any news media outlet. As a former games writer myself I would have preferred to write about "new" news all the time, rather than following the sheep and writing about the same thing everyone else was writing about. Unfortunately with a heavily anticipated title like Titanfall, if you don't keep up with the hype engine you actually risk losing readers (many excited people want to see Titanfall news right now, and will go to the sites that have that news). 

Its not as cut-throat as TV news, (where you're fighting for ratings), but on a non-paid subscription site that depends on advertising revenues you tend to click-bait and go with the flow with whatever is the "big thing" in the gaming world, and right now that big thing is Titanfall.

CPTCUDDLES
CPTCUDDLES

lol....the xbox1's hype for their biggest game doesnt even fall on a video game solely for xbox1. 


At least killzone...as .disappointing as it was ....was a ps4 only disappointment. 


titanfall... as big  a success it may be.....is a multi platform, (microsoft only) performance differentiating..... current technology-old technology function-able game that microsoft 'EFFED' non microsoft gamers with by not letting the people who made TITANFALL make it available for all gamers. (me, a ps4 owner who wants this game) 


Any one who is proud of using microsoft cuz they own titanfall needs to know....


YOU ARE A COLD, CALCULATED PAWN!....in a money making game....that only MICROSOFT plays.


I like xbox 1... I just HATE microsoft... the money grubbing, consumer anal pounding company that owns its rights.....


so enjoy your xbox1....just know that when a sony consumer brags or gloats about its less expensive higher performance gaming machine.....its because we hate the money making soul-less corporate machine that is microsoft...

CPTCUDDLES
CPTCUDDLES

lol....the xbox1's hype for their biggest game doesnt even fall on a video game solely for xbox1. 


At least killzone...as .disappointing as it was ....was a ps4 only disappointment. 


titanfall... as big  a success it may be.....is a multi platform, (microsoft only) performance differentiating..... current technology-old technology function-able game that microsoft 'EFFED' non microsoft gaming consumers with ....buy not letting the people who made TITANFALL.... make it available for all gamers. (me, a ps4 owner who wants this game) 


any one who is proud of using microsoft cuz they own titanfall needs to know....


YOU ARE A COLD, CALCULATED PAWN!....in a money making game....that only MICROSOFT plays.

daviz88
daviz88

oh ............my God. how much titan fall hype can one person take?

aci808
aci808

I badly need something more than CoD with robots. Whatever happened to kickass RPG's? Anybody seen one lately? Where the f*** is Dragon Quest X?

Gallowhand
Gallowhand

Is it just me, or has Gamespot just turned into a giant Titanfall ad the past couple of weeks?  :/

jttwister9
jttwister9

@hippiesanta  I am guessing you have never been to austin or south by southwest its hipster everywhere 

xXxIRyanxXx
xXxIRyanxXx

@g0ldenpr0pet  The system seller will be Titanfall 2 and if Microsoft was smart there will be an image of Titanfall 2 coming 2016 or 2017 exclusive to Xbox One and PC sometime during E3.

bigmikeOK
bigmikeOK

@hadlee73 Also, they did report something new about Titanfall. Namely, this special event for it's release. I didn't know about this event taking place in Austin, TX until I read this story here.

DVONvX
DVONvX

@CPTCUDDLES  They're a business. Looking at sony's profits..maybe they could learn something from MS. 

Blazen702
Blazen702

Your head is so far up Sonys ass you don't realize you are the biggest sheep of them all. Sony lies and cheats their customers and you are a huge brainless pawn.

MattPeters
MattPeters

@aci808 Yeah, for real right? I think the problem is we are constantly hyped on shooters most of the year. I like shooters but it's gotten to the point where phones are now... Oh yaaaaa, what do you expect a new model coming out at the end of the year... Snooze. Announce an RPG, shut up about it, hype will build because it's rare, show us some screen shots, basic story and format. Then just STFU about it haha. 

I hate being constantly bombarded by nearly unavoidable media ruining my experience. Every f***ing game has a beta, a demo, a forum, a twitch channel, a youtube, a twitter, a Facebook and an eHarmony account. It all seemed like an awesome idea and it's interesting to feel like a contributor to a game but it's taking a lot of the magic from it.

northArrow
northArrow

@Gallowhand Because this is pretty much all the Xbox has for the next year or so. They got to put all their hype into one basket

spartanx169x
spartanx169x

@Gallowhand Titanfall is big game for MS. It was the only game a lot of people were interested in when the XB1 was shown for the first time . There will be others, Wait it gets really close to Destiny coming out.

shina777
shina777

@shinjuki Figures to support that statement ? or is this straight out of the magic hat?

g0ldenpr0pet
g0ldenpr0pet

You're complaining because Sony is not leeching money off consumers like Microsoft? Really?

Gallowhand
Gallowhand

@shinjuki @Gallowhand   You obviously fail at reading comprehension, as I did not mention anything about the Xbox articles on the site.  I'm not sure how I can be classed a 'Sony Fanboy' either, when I also own an original Xbox, and an Xbox 360 (along with about 80 games across those two platforms).  I game across multiple systems (PC, PS3, X360, Vita, Xbox, etc.)


If you want to continue ranting on the internet like a two year old having a tantrum, by all means feel free.

Blazen702
Blazen702

Xbox has way more exclusives that are worth playing. The PS4 exclusives are horrible. Typical Japanese fanboy anime RPG's. Xbox FTW.

aci808
aci808

I own an Xbox One, so I'm not a fanboy. I just wish there was more than just Titanfall to look forward to. I'm more bullshit at the industry and their complete lack of creativity and originality. All we get is mindless CoD clones.

aci808
aci808

I refuse to jump on the bullshit Titanfall hype train.

xXxIRyanxXx
xXxIRyanxXx

@g0ldenpr0pet  Yeah Microsoft sucks I hope they go out of business, so they can fire thousands of people because that will be better for the economy then if they keep making money. Oh how it must be fun living in Sony land where everything is made up. 

jttwister9
jttwister9

@northArrow @Blazen702  first thing that comes to mind is the yellow light of death that thousands got from the ps3 and they never gave a refund or a new model just told people to get over it 

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

@normanislost Like where you went with this, but we have to learn to separate the console divisions from the rest of the company. If we really wanted to play "Who's worse MS or Sony?" the score would probably be a tie.

normanislost
normanislost

@Blazen702  "This will never happen on the Xbox"


someone doesn't know a lot about hackers it seems


 "Sony and their arrogance"

microsoft and windows 8

microsoft and IE 11

microsoft and the RROD

microsoft and its stupid propriety HDDs and cables oh and then making the Xbones HDD unswappable


im sorry but both companies are bad but microsoft is a lot worse even a blind fanboy such as your self can't possibly ignore those examples


i mean the arrogance they showed over windows 8 alone is ridiculous  

Blazen702
Blazen702

When playstation network was offline Sony didn't care to warn customers that the network was hacked. Weeks went by before customers were warned by the media not Sony that banking and credit card info were compromised. Almost a month before it was back up and Sony and their arrogance didn't care because they in their eyes were giving something for free. That's why I gladly pay for Xbox live. This will never happen on the Xbox. I'll never give Sony any of my money. Ever.

Gallowhand
Gallowhand

@shinjuki @Gallowhand   Again, you failed to read my post thoroughly.  I have an Xbox 360 and a PC.  If I wanted to buy and play Titanfall, I could, because it is also coming to those platforms, NOT just Xbox One.  There's nothing wrong with hyping a game, but there is such a thing as overhyping, which is what Gamespot has been doing recently.  Don't be surprised if they give the game a score lower than expected, so they can have another click-bait article.


Of course, you are free to believe whatever you wish, but getting so heavily invested in any game to the point where you name-call everyone with a different view to yours probably isn't healthy.

northArrow
northArrow

@Blazen702 And by "way more" you mean Forza, all of the other exclusives are low quality garbage. Typical American fanboy dudebro generic shooter. Xbox FTL

Blazen702
Blazen702

Atleast we have games to play unlike the PS4 lineup. Which is crap. Hence the name Crapstation4

spartanx169x
spartanx169x

@aci808 I was really interested in this game the first time I saw it. But the more I have learned the more I'm like, Meh... Especially after all the hype about Ghosts. which was my first COD game.  Needless to say I was not really impressed.