Titanfall dev: "So many games retread old ground"

Respawn producer Drew McCoy says upcoming online shooter will break the multiplayer shooter mold.

Respawn Entertainment's upcoming first-person shooter Titanfall aims to break new ground in the multiplayer shooter space, according to producer Drew McCoy.

In a new behind-the-scenes video published today, McCoy and other developers discussed what they believe will set Titanfall apart from the pack.

"When we started on Titanfall, we had a couple main goals we really wanted to achieve. First and foremost, we want something fun," McCoy said. "There's so many games now that are just retreading old ground. We really wanted to do something that was so fun and unique that we couldn't put it down ourselves."

Titanfall launches in spring 2014 for the Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC. The game pits Titans against Pilots, and though it doesn't have a single-player mode in the traditional sense, the studio is attempting to give the game a "single-player-feeling world" that is "compelling and relatable."

The game was built by Call of Duty co-creators Jason West and Vince Zampella, as well as a host of former Infinity Ward developers, but is "not gunning for Call of Duty," according to Zampella.

Written By

Want the latest news about Titanfall?

Titanfall

Titanfall

Discussion

292 comments
Enforcer246
Enforcer246

You run around and shoot people.. Shooters don't leave much room to be creative and refreshing.

JKeyz90
JKeyz90

lol old COD devs dont want to tred old ground yet they make a game that looks exactly like everything else??? but it still looks cool....i'll get it for the kids...

Dr_takapotku
Dr_takapotku

This better be FUN, since it looks so UGLY and BORING. Looks like a game from the beginning of this generation. 

Dandyslayer13
Dandyslayer13

"There's so many games now that are just retreading old ground. We really wanted to do something that was so fun and unique that we couldn't put it down ourselves." 

Like making a futuristic COD with Micheal Bay versions of VOTOMS. Well it kinda isn't retreading old ground if you somehow forget its a FPS........

ecs33
ecs33

There's nothing new under the sun. 

roman4545
roman4545

does this means there is no single player campaign mode ?

single player as like Left 4 Dead, Unreal Tournament ???

someone clarify for me please... 

x_hunter00
x_hunter00

So basically TITANFALL = Halo + Mechwarrior. Yeah that's not a retread at all...

DETfaninATL
DETfaninATL

Does anyone know if this is an Xbox / PC exclusive or will it eventually be coming to the Playstation platform? Looks really good and something I'm interested in, but I'm a core Playstation ganer, so unless it's eventually headed to the PS3 or 4 then I likely won't be playing it.......

MechaNapoleon
MechaNapoleon

CoD with jetpacks/mechs = new ground

Not to say it looks bad (I'm not a CoD hater), but this lil rant seems nothing but hypocritical.

Bellum_Sacrum
Bellum_Sacrum

Bad game is bad. Pretentious dev is pretentious.

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

Hmmm..

It looked good yeah, definitely attractive.  But not long after seeing the reveal I still just though "Ehhhh.. it's a shooter".

Matter of the fact is the shooter genre has been milked dry.  I'm all for them trying to re-invent it, but a couple of mechs and the ability to free-run doesn't really do that.  it will soon get boring again.

I'm a huge fan of shooters (or was), but from everything I've seen of next-gen I won't be rushing out to buy many of them.  They all just look a bit same old same old.  One exception however being Destiny - yes the shooting mechanics don't look anything overly different, but the social elements look brilliant.

I suppose time will tell I guess!

Yamakoichi
Yamakoichi

I hate those sorts of videos, where the developers sit and make a load of promises that they have no intention on delivering, reminds me of SW:ToR all over again......

Ducez_III
Ducez_III

Titanfall looks kind of like Mirror's Edge (parkour) + Generic FPS + Star Wars Battlefront (jet packs) + A Gundam game (mechs). All previously trodden territory, but never have these elements all come together in one game like this. 

MondasM
MondasM

am i mistaken or are they ranting about creating a beefed up version of bf 2142, and accuse the industry of retreading old ground, or am i missing something???

weschik
weschik

Honestly... there's only so much you can do with a 1st person shooter. You can make a car's wheel bigger or smaller, optimize it for off road or tarmac, heck you can even add rims to it but a the end of the day, its still a wheel and the same goes for shooters, i believe. If it refines "old" mechanics, plays well, looks good and is fun i see no point in hating on the idea. We'll know whether its good once it drops next year.

Foolsgold89
Foolsgold89

This game looks excellent but it shows everything wrong with the industry at the moment if this guy thinks they are treading new ground! Im struggling to see the new ground.

RussellGorall
RussellGorall

Was he including TitanFall?


I mean, it looks like a bad mashup of every mech game released in the past five years.

winstonJ
winstonJ

It reminds me of front mission evolved a little bit though.

Landsharkk
Landsharkk

Take elements from the best selling game franchise in history of any console generation then combine them with GIANT ROBOTS!


EPIC WIN!


I've been wanting Battlefield 2143, but I think Titanfall will be a damn good replacement.

monson21502
monson21502

this game will help xbox one trounce sony ....

ViolentDjango
ViolentDjango

@DETfaninATL I think currently it is slated for PC/Xbox only. PC is a great alternative platform -- I'd honestly recommend you get PC if you still don't want an XB1 -- most of the XB1 exclusives seem to be coming to PC as well so PC+PS3/4 seems to be a solid way to go. 

ViolentDjango
ViolentDjango

@MechaNapoleon Exactly... I'm tired of people trying to sound all pretentious and revolutionary. Only people with a distinct lack of exposure or creativity (or both) try to skirt the fact that every story and every method of telling a story has already been used... You can't achieve really unique or interesting view points without respecting that you're ALWAYS retreading. That's from the point of view of an avid reader and writer... 

wwlettsome
wwlettsome

@Ducez_III I was thinking the same thing. Taking elements from several different games to make a new one is fine, but I'm not sure how you then complain about games retreading old ground.

RussellGorall
RussellGorall

@monson21502 Do you really think this is anything other than a timed exclusive? That it won't be out on PS4 within a year afterwards?


This is Microsoft's idea of game development, they spend hundreds of millions on early DLC from third parties.


That being said, this game looks like ten other games that look like ten other games.

Prats1993
Prats1993

Thats cute, except Titanfall is coming to Pc and is a "Timed exclusive" for the Xbone. The devs have already stated their intent to bring the game to other systems. Its still coming to Ps4. U mad?

WantYouBad
WantYouBad

@hippiesanta Ninja pilot wall-running and giant robots. This game might sell in Japan, Asians love giant robots and ninjas, then all you need is scantily clad 10 year old girls and it will be a bestseller.

ender707
ender707

@CaveManCobb @RussellGorall Chromehounds may be a little older, but there is one.  Mechwarrior Online which is pretty good and FTP.  Mechwarrior Living Legends, which is a full mod of Crysis.  Oh, and piles of mech games from Japan like Armored Core. 

Dr_takapotku
Dr_takapotku

Basically M$ has paid for game developers to SLOW DOWN THE DEVELOPMENT OF GAMES since 2005, because they will make games for the much weaker system first and then port them to 50% more powerful system. This gen M$ paid a billion dollars for devs to develop games for an underpowered xbox one first and then port them to a much more powerful PS4, if they did vice versa games would look a zillion times better because devs are always lazy in porting games. Last gen would have also looked a whole lotta better. 

chucknorris86
chucknorris86

@RussellGorall @monson21502 Ok so if this game sucks, if the "xbone" sucks... then what the fuck are you sony lovers doing here?... what?? ohh you care more about reading of this game than your ps4 super awesome esclusives??

get the fuck out.....

ltsJoeMama
ltsJoeMama

@Prats1993 

Right. So Microsoft spent 1 billion dollars on exclusives for nothing? 

StarkJJ
StarkJJ

Prats1993, you know the devs NEVER said that.  U mad?

Landsharkk
Landsharkk

@Prats1993 Actually the devs did not say that.  If you can provide a source then go ahead and prove me wrong.  I already know you can't though.



StarkJJ
StarkJJ

Jealousy at its finest!  Nope, PS4 isn't getting this one.  LOL.

RussellGorall
RussellGorall

@chucknorris86 I have bought three 360's and two PS3's.


If thinking like that makes it easier not to flinch when corporations kick you in the balls go for it.

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

@Landsharkk @Prats1993 Admittedly I have heard this too.. I can't source it or anything, but I did read it on a completely separate website in the comments section.  Possibly IGN or Kotaku?

Doesn't arse me either way to be fair, but with Activision being involved it just screams timed exclusive to me.  Look at the amount of 360 timed exclusives this gen!

Activision are all about the money.  I give it an exclusive 12 month window.

WantYouBad
WantYouBad

@Lord_Python1049 @WantYouBad @hippiesanta Are you saying lolis ninjas and robots don't sell well in Japan? 

And there are used panties in vending machines, I understand that they are not common, nevertheless.

Lord_Python1049
Lord_Python1049

@WantYouBad @Lord_Python1049 @hippiesanta Japan like America is nuanecd, sure there are cultural differences. I'm sure a lot of Japanese people think Americans are racist, they are equally as wrong as you are. We get into trouble when we generalise.

xfiles2099
xfiles2099

@StarkJJ You will be sadly mistaken on that PS4 will get this at some point 

Dr_takapotku
Dr_takapotku

@StarkJJ Trust me, it will. But it doesn't matter since this looks so crappy and boring. Imma PC gamer but I don't think Imma buy this game.