Titanfall dev signed deal with EA before it even had idea for the game

Respawn's office in Sherman Oaks, California also had broken glass and cockroaches on the floor when the studio moved in.

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Electronic Arts and Respawn Entertainment signed a publishing deal in April 2010 before the studio even had the idea for Titanfall, what is now considered one of 2014's most-anticipated games. Vince Zampella revealed the news in a new For The Win interview posted on YouTube this week.

Recalling the origins of Respawn Entertainment, Zampella said, "We signed a deal with EA; we didn't have a game idea, we didn't have technology, we didn't have computers, we didn't have anything."

You might wonder why EA would sign a start-up developer to a publishing deal with such little information to go on. Though Respawn was "new," its founders--Zampella and Jason West--are some of the most well-known and respected developers in the business. They founded Call of Duty studio Infinity Ward and worked there until Activision controversially fired them in 2010. West has since left Respawn, after "revelations" from the Activision lawsuit reportedly led to a rift between the two developers.

Also in the video feature, Respawn producer Drew McCoy said during the first days of the studio, Respawn didn't even have a lease on its office space in Sherman Oaks, California and relied on a friendly landlord to give them keys to the building every morning. The office space also left much to be desired, he said.

"The floors here were all nasty and had broken glass and cockroaches," McCoy explained.

The first Respawn hires spent as many as two months sitting in a circle on folding chairs brainstorming ideas for what would become Titanfall. This forced employees to be more creative, game director Steve Fukuda said. This was also a hurdle, he said, because "how do we work on a game when we don't have any tech?"

EA has since aligned with Microsoft to make Titanfall a console exclusive for Xbox 360 and Xbox One, though the game is also coming to PC--exclusively through Origin. The Xbox One and PC version of Titanfall launches March 11, while the Xbox 360 version--developed by Bluepoint Games--was recently delayed to March 25 so the studio could have more time to polish it.

A beta for Titanfall will be held on Xbox One and PC, though Xbox 360 owners are going to be left out.

Discussion

106 comments
Techtroll
Techtroll

This game wont be a hitter like cod was or like destiny will be...it will come in second at best like the battlefield franchise because EA are like the pimps of gaming all about money and greed

playstationzone
playstationzone

I learn that they signed with evil person and there game will go wrong with there online God save you all xbox fans.

berserker66666
berserker66666

Here's what I read


Titanfall dev signed deal with The Devil

ratchet200
ratchet200

Now lets see how EA manages to screw this game up...

g0ldenpr0pet
g0ldenpr0pet

Hmm, is this a new type of marketing tactic or is it truth? 


If it is true, I guess the enemy (EA) of my enemy (Activision) is my friend. I think Titanfall will do well. It will do well enough for this to be a solid stepping stone for Respawn. However, it will not be the epic or iconic FPS that people have been led to believe. Bottom line is that this game is overhyped, and there is no reason to believe that it will change the gaming landscape. 


It will be fun, but not a console-seller for MSFT. I personally might pick up the PC version, since I can't see myself spending money on a 720p "next-gen" title (XBO version). 

samus_my_life
samus_my_life

Titan Fall + Attack on Titan = Mass Of Destruction 


ohhh yeah :) PC version plz 

PS4Lives
PS4Lives

Just because the game made by the guys who also made the original COD4 MW. I can declare this is middle finger pointed to Activision for preventing their intellectual property rights. Activision can then add vanilla, sweet,chocolate  to every repackaged COD game but they lost the secret recipe from the original game that was made by the original makers. I'm sorry activision but this is the dollar sign weakness, your pennies can't buy the secret recipe from the guys who made it.      

PS4Lives
PS4Lives

I'm little worried about the PC version being suck at multiplayer with Origin. 

3dmatrixgamer
3dmatrixgamer

Titanfall will be an iconic FPS and it is all my expectations.

cali215
cali215

People need to understand how hard titanfall bite off of the armored core...I hope armored core makes an appearance on the ps4 and become the battlefield of mechs, because it is the best mech game series that been underated

nl_skipper
nl_skipper

I don't really think this is one of the most anticipated games of 2014... except maybe for a really really small number of people... it has people interested sure, but most anticipated?  For another FPS?  I don't think so...

MN121MN
MN121MN

Meh, EA already knew they would make another FPS. There's very little chance that veteran developers of the FPS genre would make a game for different genre.


But now that I think of it, it seems Activision's policy of "three year-three studio" on their COD brand is targeted to fight EA's "three brand-three studio" policy.

Martyr77
Martyr77

Respawn: So basically we stole the idea of Call of Duty and added mechs. I know this sounds cheesy but hear....


EA: SOLD! We own you. Now about some DLC.........

insloanwetrust
insloanwetrust

They bought into the devs and it looks like their faith will be repayed ten fold. That's what these big companies should be doing more often. Looking to creative devs to come up with creative ideas for news games and supporting them.

Printul_Noptii
Printul_Noptii

who cares about the XBOX one anyway, bring on the PC version !

omakone
omakone

I think it is funny that MS paid EA a ton of money to keep it exclusive to Xbox and PC, now rumors point to a MAC version in the works.  So basically MS paid to keep if from the Playstation.


The more time goes on the more paranoid MS looks in the current console war.

Nintendo_Man
Nintendo_Man moderator

It goes in line with EA's never ending obsession in finding a COD killer, best way to do that is take the former employees (and sticking it to Activision).

jurk182
jurk182

Wasn't the whole reason Activision fired them because they caught them collaborating with EA in the first place?

---Cipher---
---Cipher---

That inspires confidence... 


I always thought that the best art comes from an "inspiration to profit" point and that the worst comes from "profit, then find inspiration." I say this because Coke ads, while art, aren't exactly going to be remembered quite like the Mona Lisa or David...

SingletreeAve
SingletreeAve

They should have tried the kickstarter route before selling their souls to EA.  Certainly they got enough money from the Activision settlement to buy a few computers and some office furniture.

mattcake
mattcake

So they sat down and said "let's do a fighting game" then the other guy said "yeah! with robots!".


These guys are geniuses.

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

I thought that was the big deal when they first announced the partnership with EA, that they didn't even have a game yet.

Vozlov
Vozlov

So it wasn't a fantastic idea EA bought into, it was just a name.


Thus they had absolutely no incentive to design anything substantial.


Thus, the degradation of the gaming industry continues to spiral.

streamline
streamline

@berserker66666 Not dEvAl? Darn, that didn't come out as well as I thought it would. Maybe dEAvil, instead. Nope, that's kind of weak too. ThEA Devil? I give up.

Karlinel
Karlinel

@cali215  Oh yeah, spot on. I love the saga, it's customization, its overtly dramatic plotlines, ITS FOCUS IN SINGLE PLAYER, and the mech design. These Titans are pretty bland IMHO, not big enough to be terrifying, nor small and agile enough to be a cool exosuit.

Might give it a try on PC, Origin and all

ThatPjYouKnow21
ThatPjYouKnow21

@nl_skipper  Uhmm you literally couldn't be more wrong. Not even PS4 fans could shut up about it. And the genre of game has no bearing on how good it will be. Nice try though.

wivrlspaudn
wivrlspaudn

@nl_skipper  Eh? Its easily one of the most hyped games of the year. 

People haven't shut up about it.

TwinStripeUK
TwinStripeUK

@Nyrex Eh, what are you on about? That has nothing at all to do with this article (other than the words 'Vince Zampella' and 'Titanfall')

dark_rage864
dark_rage864

@Martyr77 Your forgetting one thing, Respawn is Call of Duty lol, they didn't steal the idea, they originally invented it it. 

y2jarmyofficial
y2jarmyofficial

Mmm how about the 200k x1 vs only 50 K on pc pre orders lol sounds like who cares for pc lol everyone is getting titanfall for xone

g0ldenpr0pet
g0ldenpr0pet

@Printul_Noptii  Yup. I haven't had issues with Origin before, but we'll see. Now that the PC preorder is on sale, might be the right time to pull the trigger.

jameston80
jameston80

@omakone you talk like sony never pays for it's exclusives!!! Get your head out of sony's @$$ and wake up, all companies pay for exclusives!!!! Who gives a Fu*% if Microsoft paid for Titan Fall, It's an awsome game I played the first beta a few weeks ago on the One and it is AMAZING!!! It was fun as hell !!!!  Your just jealous that you will never see Titan Fall on your PS4 !!!

dark_rage864
dark_rage864

@jurk182 Basically Activision is EA's bitch, Activision cheated on EA with Blizzard, Activision and Blizzard formed a sexual relationship and made a baby called 'Microtransaction'. EA got really mad and decided to milk it bitches nice and hard..

b00me
b00me

@Vozlov No, EA bought into the talent of the people, the same people who shaped MP gaming and FPS's last generation. 

Nyrex
Nyrex

Use your brain, The article says Respawn made a deal with EA before it had the idea for the game, then back in October Vince tweets that they only found out recently that EA made a deal!

monkeypukefight
monkeypukefight

@jameston80 @omakone  hmmm, gotta disagree with you there. sony rarely pays for its exclusives because they already own the studios that develop those exclusives... just saying...

but i do agree on the '' who gives a fuck if ms paid blabla...'' i don't. would it be cool if it was on ps4? yes. but it isn't; so i'll wait for another respawn entertainment game drops in on the ps4.

and if it doesn't; so be it. more than enough great games will make its way to both consoles, so i'm not worried... ( waiting on some good star wars games, the division, uncharted, fallout 4, elder scrolls 6... still hoping bethesda makes a elder scrolls collection for the ps4, xbox1)

Vozlov
Vozlov

@b00me @Vozlov Shaped MP gaming? The last generation?


LMAO. Talking to a kid whos entire knowledge of the industry starts and ends with CoD it seems.


You mean they designed Modern Warfare 1, which if you actually look didn't even bring anything new to the table, and has in fact not influenced that many games at all, other than to make developers actively steer clear of some of its design choices.


Now, if you mean they shaped MP gaming in regard to releasing MW2, and thus permeated the now common practice of releasing half finished, poorly networked games, with 3 hour SP campaigns whilst releasing tiny amounts of content for extortionate amounts of money, with absolute no balance what-so-ever, then sure, I agree with you.


In that case, thanks guys, you ramped up the industries devolution and degradation, and judging by your new game are intending to drive it home again ten fold. How commendable.

TwinStripeUK
TwinStripeUK

@Nyrex  Are you on drugs? Where (at any point in the article you've quoted) does it contradict anything in this one? The article here says they signed up a publishing deal with EA before they even had a game to publish. The article you quote says that Respawn were originally going to launch Titanfall first on MS (Xbox or Windows) and then afterward on other platforms, but then found out later that EA had made it completely MS exclusive.


Completely different subjects!


It's all pretty clear if you actually READ the articles.


Does your carer know you're using the computer???

Martyr77
Martyr77

@monkeypukefight @dark_rage864@SerJohnnyMenace Ongoing talk. PS4 runs at 1080p while the Xbox One can only handle 720p due to being weaker hardware.

b00me
b00me

@Martyr77 Yes, some developers are better than others, and it isn't because of the name of the studio. It's because of the people there.