Respawn's first game an always-online Xbox 720 exclusive?

Sources reveal details on first game from studio founded by Call of Duty creators; will reportedly be multiplayer-focused online shooter described as battle of Davids and Goliaths.

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The first information about Respawn Entertainment's debut effort may have been exposed. Several sources have told Kotaku that the studio's first game will be a multiplayer-focused, always-online Xbox 720 exclusive. A version may also release for Xbox 360, but iterations for PlayStation and Nintendo consoles are not in the cards, one source said.

Call of Duty studio Infinity Ward founders Jason West and Vince Zampella created Respawn Entertainment in 2010 after Activision fired them, claiming insubordination. The studio's first game will be published by Activision rival Electronic Arts.

The game is reportedly a future-set online multiplayer shooter and was described as a battle of Davids and Goliaths. It is not clear if a traditional single-player campaign will be included or if there will be any way to play the game offline.

"The Davids are heavily armed foot soldiers. The Goliaths are giant exoskeletons--Titans--that these soldiers can pilot. These Titans are big, mech-style walkers that move with an agility not seen in games like Mechwarrior or Steel Battalion," Kotaku writes.

Respawn Entertainment recently filed a trademark application for the name "Titan," suggesting this may be the title of the company's first game.

The new game is reportedly being made on a modified version of Valve's Source engine and not internal technology from Electronic Arts like Frostbite, which powers the Battlefield series, among others. Respawn is handling development of the Xbox 720 version, one source said, noting the company is in the process of choosing another studio to make the Xbox 360 version.

Neither Respawn nor EA could be reached for comment. A Microsoft representative said, "We do not comment on rumors or speculation. We are always thinking about what is next for our platform, but we don’t have anything further to share at this time."

Gamers may not have long to wait to learn official details about Respawn's first game. If the game is in fact an next Xbox exclusive, Microsoft may choose to show it off during the platform's reveal event on May 21.

If the game is a no-show at Microsoft's event, it will likely be unveiled just weeks later. Zampella said last month that Respawn will attend the 2013 Electronic Entertainment Expo in June, adding "I have no intention of showing up empty-handed!"

West has since left the company to take care of "family issues."

Respawn's first title was previously hinted to be, by EA Labels president Frank Gibeau, a first-person science-fiction shooter. It may support 3D.

Discussion

840 comments
bluespire1
bluespire1

Um I thought it was called XBOX Infinity ...

blackothh
blackothh

What blows my mind is they went from getting screwed by activision, to setting up to be screwed by ea. i thought they were smart guys........oh well, scratch this game

Necro_Fear89
Necro_Fear89

Yay..

Another first person shooter..

Because we don't have enough of those right...?

deathblow3
deathblow3

this isnt a surprise mag was an "always" online game as it was only mutiplayer. ikd if i would call it always online more so than online only always online is more of a console term. way to fan the flames of stupidity and rage. which is all unnecessary given you could have used better words gamespot.

Snakepond1
Snakepond1

Can we please wait till May 21st before we start accusing and praising Microsoft and Respawn? First off this article is coming from Kotaku the Inquire (trash journalism) of videogames. Wait till the press conference. 

TheExxorcist
TheExxorcist

Just curious how so? Always online? Well that was confirmed for that game... just because its from creators of COD... ive played mech warrior before... No thanks

jimmypsn
jimmypsn

Fantastic news for Xbox.  hahaha.  Looks like MS has next gen in the bag.

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

Forget you Respwan! Is the $$$$ looking that good to you? Man I hope this is false. I was really looking forward to see what these guys were going to do with CoD no longer holding them down.

Guess I'll just stick with Bungie and their new Destiny project. Cause these rumors about Respawn are pushing my interests in other directions.

fadersdream
fadersdream

David didn't WEAR Goliath and run around in him.

fgjnfgh
fgjnfgh

Xbox with its online only. Since its going with this policy, why doesn't go with exclusive MMO's? I'd like to play MMO's on consoles

fgjnfgh
fgjnfgh

This guy only shows up in E3. You should show up more often Homer Rabara

JusXice
JusXice

So this is a MMO shooter? sounds interesting 

kingcrimson24
kingcrimson24

even if xbox is going to have sex with me :

 always on = i won't buy it 


my internet was just down for last 2 days !

leeko_link
leeko_link

Hmmm... Bad, this game isn't even finished development yet and it already seems like it failed.

IndremaLover
IndremaLover

If the game is multiplayer only, then it is "always-on" simply by definition of it being a multiplayer game.

I do love how  the Gamespot editor made the writer add in the "always only" phrase in the title to ensure lots and lots of hits - it's always fun being manipulated.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

So instead of describing the game based on what you know you decided to write what you know and then weave in a shit load of rumors based on stuff you know absolutely nothing about with any certainty. Good job. 

If I was Microsoft I wouldn't tell you anything either.

"This is a new game, it is going to be like this, and we don't know if there is going to be a solo mode", would have been good enough. Nothing about always online needed to be said. 

Do you guys get bonuses based on how many comments you get on your article because it is like you deliberately throw fuel onto it and light the bastard every time you write anything.

Scalper
Scalper

I hope exclusive means that it just won't come out on PS and Wii and that it could still come out on PC especially considering it runs on Source.

xeoneex66
xeoneex66

So... a bunch of shits from activision, now working for the asshats at EA? = STILL a bunch of shits..  Just under a new ass...  Wow, the gaming industry.... hasn't gained nor lost in this one o_O *face meet desk*

Supabul
Supabul

I think always online is a smart move by MS, PS4 will get hacked and become the new home for piracy which will make Devs consider making more always online exclusives for the Next-Box



Grenadeh
Grenadeh

@Snakepond1 Calling kotaku journalism is still an insult to journalism, it is not journalism. Neither is modern journalism at all really, no one is professional anymore.

edinko
edinko

@Hvac0120 Well maybe you wont be so happy with destinys monetization shenanigans. The game will be most likely a money delivery system. There are signs of that

deathblow3
deathblow3

@fadersdream i think its that fact that it will be mech's vs non mech multiplayer. yeah great job i think this was already done halo4 and lost planet 2

JayQproductions
JayQproductions

@kingcrimson24 The next Xbox won't be always online, but there will be games that require an always online connection for both the next Xbox and the PS4.

Cloud_imperium
Cloud_imperium

@kingcrimson24 Mine 14 hours . This happens very often but still it happens . However small hiccups of few minutes is common shit .

malokevi
malokevi

@leeko_link Oh? How do you figure...? Because a few kids on Gamestop go "wahhh wahhh".

Dev might as well pack up its shit and go home, because we all know that the "gamers" *coughworthless12yearoldtrollscough* on Gamespot are ALWAYS right about their criticism.

*eyes roll around in head

Yondaro
Yondaro

@Supabul If the Ps3 wasn't hacked, and it's not always online. What would make you think the PS4 (Sony's new system) Will be hacked as easily as a gameboy?

96augment
96augment

@Supabul Depends on how many units the PS4 and Next Xbox will sell. 

djpetitte
djpetitte

Just because Xbox is always online doesnt mean it cant be hacked.   It's just as pheasable if not more.  You cant hack a system that isnt online.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@Supabul Well something like that remains to be seen. It is highly possible. There are plenty of things that could be brilliant about always online but people need to see these things before they will commit to something that can be very damaging. 

Unfortunately we have already seen issues with the negative aspects from games like Sim City and Diablo III, which has soured everyone's opinion of it. 

There needs to be a first and if Microsoft choose to be that first timer they are going to have their work cut out to make it shine. If it doesn't shine they will end up on their arse and everyone will storm into Sony's camp.

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

That doesn't change my disappointment with Respawn and their decision to go Xbox exclusive. (Yeah it's just a rumor at this point so not going dramatic over it)

Microsoft cant keep internal studios around so they throw money at these companies to lock down DLC and (as with this case) games. It's a bit of a let down to think Respawn isn't confident enough in their game to pass on Microsoft money bag and go multi platform.

It's apparent that (if the rumor is true) Microsoft is betting on this game being a system seller.

pmamba45
pmamba45

@JayQproductions @kingcrimson24 

It was down to us acting on rumors and not just to wait for the facts argument that bought this turn around sooner thanks to gamer contributing threads everywhere \o/

Lamesy
Lamesy

@JayQproductions Probably, but Xbox is obviously doing something over and beyond PS to "formalize" it within their system though, or devs wouldn't be constantly citing 720 (but not PS4) always-online.

malokevi
malokevi

@dussan2 @Dannystaples14 ...and?

You're a broken record, guy.

Nobody gives two flying shits about single player. Ever played Counter Strike?

Well: Other people have.

Lamesy
Lamesy

@deathstream @Hvac0120 Microsoft's approach grosses me out. Sony and Nintendo incubate to make sure their exclusives shine, while Microsoft basically goes to the mall and picks out the prettiest (most commercial) one. Sony and Nintendo games are usually planned and developed as exclusives. Microsoft swoops in to turn multiplats exclusive through sheer force of $$$.

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

I would still be upset if this game was Playstation exclusive. It's not about fanboyism. I'm disappointed in the idea that the game would be always online and exclusive; doesn't matter which platform.

To be clear though: Microsoft doesn't own very many studios. They bought up a bunch of developers and ran them all into the ground. So they have to put that money into buying exclusivity from 3rd parties.

Sony has several 1st party studios that have created some of the most unique and highly acclaimed properties over the past few console generations. Sony has been more focused on DLC exclusives for multi platform games than securing specific 3rd party games. Sure; they still throw out the money when they think its worth it.

Nintendo also has several 1st party studios that create some of the most memorable characters and games. Nintendo seems more reserved when it comes to tossing money at 3rd parties which is why there aren't many 3rd party exclusives on a Nintendo console.

deathstream
deathstream

@Hvac0120 

You know that Sony "throw[s] money around" to buy developers of games they want to be exclusive, don't you?

Both are spending a lot of lot of money to keep games away from the competition.  If you think only one is greedy, you need to check yourself into a clinic to cure your delusional fanboyism.

Lamesy
Lamesy

@malokevi"At least not a stupid critic who draws conclusions based nothing"
and then
"I'll assume...."

Mhmm.

malokevi
malokevi

@Lamesy @malokevi I'm not a critic. At least not a stupid critic who draws conclusions based on nothing.

Also I'm not 12.

I embrace new video games. I dont poo-poo them until I've played them, read a review, or AT LEAST seen some substantial gameplay footage.

Anyone who makes a decision on any other pre-tense is a whiney little bitch. I'll assume you fall into that category, considering you (somehow) disagree with me.

malokevi
malokevi

@Yondaro @malokevi @dussan2 @Dannystaples14 Yes... wonderful. But that doesn't mean that every game NECESSARILY must have single player, just because people "like playing single player games"

Multiplayer games exist. get over it?

Yondaro
Yondaro

@malokevi @dussan2 @Dannystaples14 I thought you just posted something about assumptions? Do you read articles, or just skip down to the comments to start antagonizing? As I scrolled through the comments, all I have seen done by you is whine, be malevolent and be rude. It's like you described yourself earlier with being a 12 year-old.

Have you ever played Final Fantasy 10? 12? 13 or 13-2? OR ANY for that matter?

Lots of people play single player campaigns in games. So, Idk where you have been locked up for the past few years, but people love single player campaigns.

malokevi
malokevi

@dussan2 @malokevi @Dannystaples14 Well then... you should play a different game!

You can't just expect every game to have single player because YOU want it to. That has got to be the most retarded thing I've ever heard.

Get your head out of your ass.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@dussan2 @malokevi I meant that whether the game has solo modes that can be played offline or not, it gives no evidence for whether it is going to be an always online console.

Both "always online" or otherwise can have solo and multiplayer modes. The fact is it didn't need mentioning. And definitely not referring to it like a well known fact.

If a game is specifically sold as an exclusively online multiplayer that is what you will get of course, but they don't even know if it is yet, as he said above.

I think if six new exclusives for the new Xbox turn up, all with online only content that might be a reasonable time to consider that Microsoft has gone the always online route but not until the 21st will we know for sure.......I've just realised I have an exam while the announcement goes live.........fuck my life.........I can't actually believe I didn't realise..........!