Titanfall dev: "This has to be perfect"

Respawn producer Drew McCoy says games have "stagnated" in the last few years; believes Titanfall can be "that next awesome thing."

Titanfall "has to be perfect" after the praise it has received so far, according to Respawn Entertainment producer Drew McCoy. Speaking with MMGN, McCoy said the extended duration of the current generation of consoles has led to "stagnation" and a product like Titanfall is just what's needed to energize gamers.

"It's been eight years since the last generation started, so people are just clamoring for new hardware. New experiences. I think the last few years, games have stagnated a lot. People are holding back their new, big ideas. Gamers feel that. They know that. They’re waiting. All they want is that next awesome thing to grab on to," McCoy said.

"What better time than now? It's like, oh man, we can't screw this up. Especially when we came out of E3 with that sort of great response," he added. "We came out of there really excited, but also realizing, 'Oh man, we can't drop the ball on this.' This has to be perfect."

Titanfall launches on March 11, 2014 for Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC. The game is set in the near future and puts players into a conflict between the Interstellar Manufacturing Corporation (IMC) and the Militia. Parkour-style wall running and double-jumps are featured gameplay elements, along with the clash between pilots and titans.

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Lacerz
Lacerz

First of all, with over 20 exclusives on the PS3 this year, including The Last of Us, Dragon's Crown, Beyond: Two Souls, and Ni No Kuni, I would argue that games haven't stagnated.  Maybe for those games that are churned out year after year, but I find myself with fresh IPs and awesome experiences all the time.

He must be talking about the 360.

Hurvl
Hurvl

If they drop the Titanball, they will Titanfall.

bu3aDeL_Maz
bu3aDeL_Maz

reasons for buying a shooter game:

1- awesome looking cover.


isshiah
isshiah

The guy making a military based multiplayer shooter is claiming others are stagnant? That's a bit rich.

Diegoctba
Diegoctba

This is only a Call of Duty with mechs, nothing special, what's so perfect about it?

Just play another FPS game, they are all the same.

Ehggsz
Ehggsz

"Respawn producer Drew McCoy says games have 'sucked' in the last few years; believes only his Titanfall can be 'that next awesome thing'." 

I might be paraphrasing here.

omar_q
omar_q

I appreciate that they realized campaigns, specifically for shooters that are primarily played for their multiplayer, is worthless. If only DICE can do that for BF5; drop campaign to deliver the best MP experience. 

DeadrisingX1
DeadrisingX1

I'd hate to break it to the guy, but achieving perfection is impossible.
Here's hoping though that the finished product will leave a lasting positive impression.

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

I hate to be THAT guy, but I think this game's main achievement would be in taking market share from CoD as a giant f**k you to Activision and to show that this team can still create magic. I really hope Respawn can pull it off. If Activision lose any ground with CoD I honestly can't see them ever being able to pull it back.

On another note, in the info box on the right-hand side of the page, it lists the publisher as Respawn. Is that correct? I thought it was EA.

noirtenshin
noirtenshin

While this game grabbed my attention, i must admit my main concern is how fast will it get old.
If there is a complex precision system with hit-boxes (headshots, torso and other body parts) and some tactics elements this could really be a nice thing. Especially combined with the parkour elements of the game it could have a long and happy life.
Am hoping for a more CS style (or at least some similar mods) then Q3/UT.  

PartyGavinParty
PartyGavinParty

This just in: Game Developer strives to make the perfect game. Gamers everywhere erupt in anger. 

blackothh
blackothh

*perfect clone of call of duty with 2 different sized players.


There, I corrected it.

Succumbus
Succumbus

Brink was promising crazy awesome parkour gameplay with shooting mechanics and awesome customize able characters and intense online-only gameplay... 


Yeah. They're going to have to offer a solid experience, and have a good expectation of the shoes they are stepping into.

H4num4n
H4num4n

How many FPS you guys have played in the last 10 years wich had wall running and double jumps? If you cant imagine how that will shake up the traditional shooter gameplay i cant help you. Oh yeah and there are also mechs :)

alvarokike
alvarokike

Still looks pretty generic fps to be honest

drodriguesaar
drodriguesaar

I don't know why, but this game reminds me Front Mission....

tmorri603
tmorri603

The way the game looks right now, they are not far from perfection.

bernard978
bernard978

Soon as I heard about the server situation on the PC using matchmaking with 7v7 matches, I lost interest.

They can keep their CoD clone.

dadoesch
dadoesch

I wish them well and hope it does come out perfect.  But games have not stagnated (see GTAV, Last of Us, Beyond: Two Souls).  Perhaps he meant FPS games have stagnated.  In which case I would agree.


Not that I will be an early adopter, but my inclination at this point will be to purchase a PS4 down the line, so I may never know whether Titanfall is perfect except for perhaps through game reviews...

Techtroll
Techtroll

Hopefully there's no funny business with EA like greedy microtransactions and server rentals

tomservo51
tomservo51

A game where multi-billion dollar mecs fall from the sky, are used to kill a couple of people, then are blown up.

red_city
red_city

What is this guy on about? I saw the other article about how Titanfall is the innovator that will show people the way, and force them to make new "original" IPs, but I thought it was just 1 dev doing Mattrick-esque PR stuff.

Not to sell this game short by saying "it's just an FPS with robots and jetpacks", because it does look great and everything, but in the scheme of things it's just an FPS with robots and jetpacks.. What can other devs learn from this game about innovative new ideas? "See, if you take the most popular genre, a couple ex-developers of the most popular game in that genre, make a game in that exact genre, and add 2 things, YOUR NEW IPS CAN INDEED SUCCEED! Don't be afraid to try new things!"

Hey.. Thanks? At this point I'd prefer the "they tried to put our female characters on the back of the box with a miniskirt but we said NO WAY!" brand of marketing. At least then we still get potentially well written characters out of it. 

This "we're too original for the market" thing is just a waste of everyone's time.

bouchart
bouchart

If something has to be perfect, everyone will be disappointed.

VegasDawg
VegasDawg

@Lacerz IS their anything you fanBOYS wont cry about, you are ruining my exp. I used to be able to have intelligent conversations,not anymore 

Hurvl
Hurvl

@bu3aDeL_Maz For casual gamers and kids going to a game store with their parents, it actually is like that. For us with amore acquired taste, we want both an awesome looking cover AND a good game.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@isshiah But it's a sci-fi shooter! That makes all the difference (kind of, perhaps). It's all the WW2 and contemporary and near future military shooters that have brought this stagnation, because you have to make things realistic. Titanfall also needs to make things realistic, but they have mechs, jetpacks, parkour (feel the hype flow through you)!

VegasDawg
VegasDawg

@Diegoctba your a idiot, tell me when you played the game before, I smell another fanBOY

PSYCHOV3N0M
PSYCHOV3N0M

@omar_q Ummm not really. The first thing I do in games is play the Campaign. THEN the multiplayer.

isshiah
isshiah

I only play fps for the campaigns. Hardly worth full price for 6 hours. If you end up with never ending mp, that's a different story.

H4num4n
H4num4n

@omar_q  

It's the bad influence of EA, i'm sure DICE wouldn't give a shit about singleplayer if they had the choice.

Darknight765
Darknight765

@omar_q They built the campaign into the multiplayer, so no they don't think it is worthless.  I liked the campaign in COD BO1/2 and all the MWs.  

Cpt_Amurrica
Cpt_Amurrica

@DeadrisingX1 No duh.  Striving for perfection though is your best bet.....can't be setting low bars man.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@PlatinumPaladin I don't know why GameSpot does this, but at least they're consistent about doing so. They always list the developer under Publisher and vice versa.

hadlee73
hadlee73

@PartyGavinParty You could just take "Gamers everywhere erupt in anger" and place it on the end of all game news article titles :P

Hurvl
Hurvl

@Succumbus I prefer to do my parkour IRL, but it's getting a bit too cold to do it outside, so I have to settle with doing it in a school gymnastics hall. That said, creative defensive/offensive manouvers using parkour movements could be great.

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

@Succumbus I imagine they're fully aware of the size of the shoes they are stepping into. They did have a hand in making them after all. 

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

@H4num4n I know what you mean, but to be honest I'm worried it may all be a bit too much. I can see a lot of people finding it too complicated, just wanting to run around a one-story map shooting at others.

H4num4n
H4num4n

Its about the feel and not the looks though.

JLCrogue
JLCrogue

@dadoesch Play it on PC and become a member of the PC gaming master race!

Succumbus
Succumbus

@tomservo51 Hah I never really thought of it like that but you have a pretty funny point.

isshiah
isshiah

I will never join the darkside. (perhaps, ok yes.)

H4num4n
H4num4n

@PlatinumPaladin @H4num4n  

Haven't thought about that, but if that means that less annoying 12 year olds will play the game 'cause it is to complicated then that would actualy be another huge plus for the game.

crazy-roman
crazy-roman

@H4num4n @crazy-roman Exactly my point, it can have all that but if it's a FPS the shooting needs to be fun as that's the main part of the game. It looks great, but unsure if it will be overshadowing either BF or COD. But definitely should be refreshing.