Respawn Entertainment hopes Titanfall will encourage new IP

But working with creative freedom is not easy, says Respawn community manager.

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Respawn Entertainment has said it hopes the existence of Titanfall will encourage more games publishers to invest in large-scale new IP.

In an interview with AusGamers, Respawn Entertainment community manager Abbie Heppe spoke about creating a new IP as a new studio. "I hope if anything, it will give publishers more… I mean, I know people want what is established and what’s known, but I hope that if nothing else, it encourages larger-scale new IP," she said.

Titanfall was unveiled at E3 2013, and the multiplayer-focused FPS has since received numerous awards since making its debut.

Discussing her experience of working on Titanfall, Heppe said. "It's so cool to be able to work on something new and different, and also to just have that kind of freedom. It’s hard to have that freedom. That’s the other side of it though: it’s really hard to have that freedom. Because when you can kind of do anything, and there's competing ideas within the studio, so see this giant world in front of you where you can do anything, but then you have to be able to scale that back and take something out of that. It's not easy, and so I see why doing stuff in a franchise way is… I don't want to say easier, but you already have your world established for you, and a lot of that stuff is hard."

"So I definitely hope it encourages publishers to be, like, 'we should be encouraging people to make stuff that's new and different.' That would be cool. We’ll see if we’re successful first! [laughs]."

When asked whether Respawn Entertainment intends to stay self-owned, Heppe said "yeah, we’re not looking to get bought any time soon. It’s so a part of who we are. I think, if anything, with the history of the studio and what we’re doing, I don’t foresee us being bought any time in the near future."

Titanfall is due to be released on Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC in 2014.

Discussion

72 comments
steelmouth
steelmouth

Well Respawn is a new studio with only one unreleased games to its name, so to me this ladies comment will only be valid once Respawn have 3-4 IP under their belt but I do agree with her we need knew IP's

PS am also super excited for Titanfall but I don't do multiplayer so am more excited for you onliners than for my self  

McGregor
McGregor

It seems like no one is excited for this game in these comments. While I agree it doesn't seem like it's a new IP, it still looks like a blast to play! Isn't that all that counts?

veryDERPY
veryDERPY

seeing as this this respawn i will assume there's a heavy dose of cod in titanfall. not too much of a "new" ip as it is another take on fps

cboye18
cboye18

I wish developers still make new and creative games; nowadays it is pretty much copy/paste/edit (like these guys for example).

Think its time for me to look for another hobby which hasen't appealed to the masses yet...

wexorian
wexorian

hardly belive titanfall looks good, but it's not much Fresh new idea.

red_city
red_city

What good is a new IP if it's just another military shooter option, of which there a tons already? Although I'm not one of those people who thinks that all shooters are the same, and I understand the differences and new ideas Titanfall is bringing to the genre, I don't think they could say "hey look at us, taking huge risks and ushering new ideas".

Fact is, because most people think all shooters are exactly the same, and the fact that Titanfall itself just looks like a faster version of the FPS everyone's already playing, the risk wasn't that high to begin with. 

Then you take into account that they'll probably slap "From the creators of Call of Duty" in the commercials, and it's pretty much a done deal regardless of how different or new it actually is.

blackothh
blackothh

new IP eh? im predicting titanfall to be exactly the same as cod except with 2 different sized players.

allever
allever

It's a new IP, but it's still the same concept as other games.

Hurvl
Hurvl

It's expected to see new IP's when new consoles arrive, so it's not too much out of the ordinary to see a new large-scale IP being created. With that said, Titanfall looks quite good and has a nice combination of established features. I'm not big on MP games or games that try to merge SP and MP, but new games, if good, are always good.

VENOM6979
VENOM6979

Encouraging new ip yet stay on 1 console is plain idiotic. 

MN121MN
MN121MN

" we should be encouraging people to make stuff that's new and different. "

Don't know why but this sounds a bit.... COD-ic for me......

I mean, the idea of giant mechs and FPS have been around for a while, and having that idea for multiplayer have been around for a bit..... Wonder what kind of innovation will they put here.

AllForJMJ
AllForJMJ

I dunno about Titanfall…will it have a dog in it?

BenderUnit22
BenderUnit22

I don't think the people who have been making Call of Duty for the past couple of years are in a position of calling themselves evangelists of the new IPs while studios like Naughty Dog, PlatinumGames or From Software have been creatively exploring new ideas for years.

Daian
Daian

Nobody cares since it's not exclusive anyway.

JLCrogue
JLCrogue

@greenaj And us PC elitists are happy we get to play this game on our superior platform and don't have to buy the Xbone with included spynect to play it.

atlanticmoon
atlanticmoon

@wexorian Right? I can't imagine it being very difficult to create a new IP that's only multiplayer

hystavito
hystavito

@red_city "Titanfall itself just looks like a faster version of the FPS everyone's already playing"

That's how I feel about it and I guess I just don't get it because everyone is going crazy over it :).  That fast pace and exaggerated movement stuff is exactly what I don't like about modern shooters.  I really want to see tactics encouraged over purely speed and quick reflexes.

DMND
DMND

@red_city You can always learn japanese and go play Cuisine Chef Simulator, Pidgeon Dating Sim, Veterinary Games or maybe Sketch Dance one. What about those Horse Racing Games like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8OgZ9sg9ncc

We still need new ideas for the games we want to play. Fresh and new does not make any game good.

Zevvion
Zevvion

@blackothh No, it has more movement and use of mechs that differ greatly from foot soldiers.

blackothh
blackothh

this does classify me as an analyst, does it not?

Zevvion
Zevvion

@allever Nah, not really. This has more emphasis on movement. I can't remember the last time a high quality multiplayer shooter had movement like this. Even Brink didn't quite have this.

McGregor
McGregor

@MN121MN Not just the idea, they have actually been created already. One of the first games I ever played on PC was called, "Mechwarrior". Easily 20+ years ago.

malokevi
malokevi

@BenderUnit22

http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2013/09/30/heres-why-titanfall-stole-the-show-at-eg-expo/

Here's a quote:


"This game is basically the creators of Modern Warfare sticking two fingers up to Activision and saying ‘here’s what happens next.’ "  

as an FPS junky, this gives me chills.

This is just one of HUNDREDS, PERHAPS THOUSANDS of online previews that unanimously echo the exact same sentiment.

And your really going to pull a "but... but... naughty dog!"

lol.

krystyla
krystyla

@BenderUnit22 A hack'n'slay with a horny oppai teacher, turned horny oppai megane isnt that original of an idea

AllForJMJ
AllForJMJ

Uhh Respawn Entertainment didn't develop Call Of Duty.

greenaj
greenaj

@JLCrogue And I'm glad I don't have to spend $3000 on a premium gaming PC.

blackothh
blackothh

and by the way, "respawn" is a terrible name to pick if you want to make something new and different at the same time.

AllForJMJ
AllForJMJ

A giant, mechanized robot dog?

BenderUnit22
BenderUnit22

@malokevi If you read my comment, you'd notice that it's not in any way, about the quality of Titanfall but rather their smug statement that they were supposedly ushering in a new age where new IPs could more easily blossom. So I hope it didn't take too long to find that quote as it is completely beside the point.

Xx_DemonSoul_xX
Xx_DemonSoul_xX

@AllForJMJ Uhh... but the people who started Respawn like did and stuff.. they are the founders of Modern Warfare. -_-

red_city
red_city

@XBone4DaWin @JLCrogue @greenaj You don't have to be a PC gamer to use a mic/camera.. You know there are other applications on the pc that use a microphone or a camera.. Right?

McGregor
McGregor

@greenaj PC's are hardly $3k. Mine actually cost me less to build than an XB1. It'll perform just fine, and if it doesn't, I'll drop $200 on a 2nd video card (instead of $500 on a console) and save exponentially more over the course of my PC gaming than a console gamer. That being said, I'll end up buying some type of console, since I have a group of friends that only play console games.

greenaj
greenaj

@Zevvion HE started it!  Gah dad.  (and I actually got mixed up with gaming laptop, because as you guessed it, I don't play games on PCs/laptops)

Zevvion
Zevvion

@greenaj @JLCrogue Both of you are being dramatic. PC's don't cost 3000 bucks. More like 600-700 for good specs. Also, PC's aren't that superior compared to next gen consoles. Not yet anyway. 

Get over yourselves.

blackothh
blackothh

and yes im having a conversation with myself

Hurvl
Hurvl

@krystyla @infamous6You're an inanimate f-ing object! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWjjViJzfCU

AllForJMJ
AllForJMJ

Crap. This is a difficult choice. Mechanized…robot…mechanized…robot…

MN121MN
MN121MN

@AllForJMJ Well, if you dont' get it in Titanfall you can get it Fallout NV you know

krystyla
krystyla

@AllForJMJ mechanized robot? its either one or the other

Hurvl
Hurvl

@BenderUnit22 @malokevi But making remarks that are not besides the point - now that would be innovative and new. I get lots of comments where people either (intentionally?) misunderstand/misinterpret me and calls me names or put words in my mouth.

AllForJMJ
AllForJMJ

I just realized that the creators of a highly idiotic spawn system called their new studio Respawn.

Xx_DemonSoul_xX
Xx_DemonSoul_xX

@AllForJMJ Sorry. Believe me when I say... I would still play Titanfall over COD any day of the week. I just don't think it is that original either.

AllForJMJ
AllForJMJ

I just remembered that…my bad.