Titanfall on Xbox One does not support pre-loading [UPDATE]

[UPDATE 2] As it turns out, you will not be able to pre-purchase and pre-load Titanfall on Xbox One, Microsoft says; but you can on PC.

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[UPDATE 2] As it turns out, you will not be able to pre-purchase and pre-load Titanfall on Xbox One. The Xbox.com page stating that you could was posted in error. You'll still be able to pre-load Titanfall from Origin for PC.

"We believe in digital distribution, and are proud to give gamers a variety of ways to purchase and experience their games. However, pre-purchase and pre-download for Titanfall for Xbox One will not be available from Xbox Store," a Microsoft representative told Polygon. "We'll continue to strike a balance between digital distribution and its benefits, while supporting physical games purchase through our retail partners."

"The pre-purchase offer page was posted in error. We apologize for any confusion."

[UPDATE] Titanfall's product page on Xbox.com states that you will be able to pre-load the game on Xbox One ahead of its release on March 11.

"You will be charged the full price immediately for this pre-purchase. Xbox One game expected to release on March 11th, 2014. You may download the game from Xbox Live before then, but it will not be playable until after 12:01 AM PST on the release date in your country," Microsoft said.

The original story is below.

Respawn Entertainment cofounder Vince Zampella has confirmed on Twitter that you'll be able to pre-load Titanfall before its official launch on March 11 so you can get started playing right at 12:01 a.m. But importantly, he did not say if this applies to the PC version, Xbox One version, or both. It's also not clear when pre-loading will start.

We've reached out to Zampella and Respawn for clarification.

Microsoft previously confirmed that the Xbox One will support pre-loading of digital games, but not at launch. Considering Titanfall is a marquee title for the Xbox One, it wouldn't be surprising for Microsoft to launch its pre-loading program with Respawn's game.

Titanfall is also coming to Xbox 360 on March 25, but Microsoft has never allowed titles for that system to be pre-loaded ahead of launch.

Built by Zampella and numerous former Call of Duty developers, Titanfall is one of 2014's most-anticipated titles. You can read more about the game through our newly launched feature The Next Big Game: Titanfall. There you'll find exclusive news, previews, and interviews.

Discussion

497 comments
ebookerd1
ebookerd1

Is there a Haters Ball or is this just angry rage. LOL I can't wait for this game to come out! Its fun guys face it!

ebookerd1
ebookerd1

Probably for Gamestop and Other Retailers.

Llama345
Llama345

I wonder who they are trying to appease by no preloads. 

dbene
dbene

Big part of me wants to be a digital downloader....but when it costs the exact same as the retail disc it just makes no good sense. With a disc I have the option to let a friend play the game, sale, trade it with someone....etc. IF I buy digital download I know I can NEVER get any money back on that $60 or let anyone else enjoy the game later. Dig. Downloads should be at minimum 20% cheaper than the retail copies. 

Defender1978
Defender1978

Is this game going to have a campaign or is it just another sandbox multiplayer game?  

Mayleene
Mayleene

Well does it does it not have PC architecture?  Sounds like it does not.  Pity.

grey_fox1984
grey_fox1984

Why on earth do they not just enable pre-purchasing for ALL digital download games? The worst case scenario is the game gets cancelled before release and PSN/XBL just credit the money to your account, so you can buy a different game. 


I sort of see the argument against pre-loading, and some jackass hackers are bound to unlock the game early and ruin it for the people who would obey the rules and enjoy the convenience- but for an online only game? What good would hacking the preload file do if there is no one to play with? 

boricuasnake04
boricuasnake04

will there ever be any good news at all for XBone users...

Kalifornia
Kalifornia

So after all the hype who is going to have mechs added first to cash in...COD or BF?

Tommi88
Tommi88

Its not like i want a digital version of if, ive already preordered it.

theprismhead
theprismhead

Console peasants. They can't download games before they're released meanwhile PC players can play games even before they're developed.

BlackBaldwin
BlackBaldwin

I'm a big supporter of pre-loading since I have a slow dsl connection to the net having the luxury to download most the game pre-launch is a god send.

I recently did this with the final fantasy realm reborn ps4 beta and yes downloading 9gigs before hand took about three hours then another fifteen minutes on Saturday with the update. As a gamer I wanna thank all devs and sony for this option it helps us little guys a ton!

XNEXUS666X
XNEXUS666X

Xbox (I got 99 problems and a bitch aint) One...

DesertEaglex24
DesertEaglex24

Might as well call it the Waitbox. Considering the long install times and no pre loading games.

Bowser05
Bowser05

I think it's funny. We all know that Microsoft is a very strong supporter of digital...yet they don't bother supporting it where they can. Pre-loading would help a lot in alleviating the fears people have in digital content and continue to initiate interest in the concept. I loved Microsoft last generation, and I've so far enjoyed my X1...but frankly speaking Microsoft is making a lot of bad decisions this generation. The tables have changed completely between Sony and Microsoft all of a sudden.

santinegrete
santinegrete

And they wanted those infernal policies applied? Is this a joke? oh well... I have a solution: retail, sodding retail!

heartindarkness
heartindarkness

XBONE it only does nothing :P (i had to i just had to couldn't resist)

HipHopBeats
HipHopBeats

It's a shame what's considered news nowadays. I log onto my email and see headlines about the NBA signing the first openly gay player. I log onto gamespot and see a news article about not being able to pre load Titanfail. 

Call me a 'hater' if you want, but after watching a few gameplay streams and vids, I honestly don't see how this is 'the next big game' or the holy grail of shooters. In all actuality, it looks pretty boring. Just another COD game, except with mechs.

adkcrazox
adkcrazox

I really enjoy this game but 60 dollar for a multiplayer game i think is too much.

Meh-ness_basic
Meh-ness_basic

The reason why console games aren't cheaper digitally for the most part is because of retailers not wanting to be undercut. This is understandable and unfortunate, and as long as there are people with limited access to internet retail will always be necessary. The other part of the issue though is also that a lot of people have bandwidth caps and limited capacity on their consoles. 500GB is laughable, and with people often sharing bandwidth between their family members if games continue to be huge downloads it'll be difficult for someone to go digital in a console space.


The answer to all this is to not only go digital in terms of games, but in terms of selling too. EB Games and Walmart don't want to stock your games and consoles? Cool, sell more online. Eventually when enough of their business from gaming moves on to online retailers they'll have no choice but to stock up again. I think all 3 console makers embrace online sales more it'll be better for everyone.


Data caps are the biggest hindrance though to a digital future, and there's not much answer to it other than to hope for the best.


All this makes me thankful for being a PC gamer as well though. :) Bigger hard drives and pre-loading are awesome. I for one don't enjoy midnight launches and waiting sometimes out in the cold when I could just wait for midnight to unlock and start playing. And I get 300GB a month, which is enough for me.

Bigjoe275
Bigjoe275

This still didn't keep me from paying full price for my two copies of titanfall. Digital would have been nice. But that's always a second option in my book. Physical copies are king and always will be. Can't wait for TITANFALL YEAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

shinjuki
shinjuki

@Defender1978


Like the first game ever to take full advantage of an online multiplayer campaign

dbene
dbene

@grey_fox1984  

I think you are dead on with the hackers. People would figure out how to decode and unlock it and put videos up of them playing it everywhere. I don't see the big deal though....just go buy the retail version of the game on launch.

kidnatural
kidnatural

@grey_fox1984  I agree with you. That said, I'm inclined to believe they came across this point during a preliminary analysis. Considering to make this an available preload is a fairly obvious consideration. For that reason, I'm under the impression they're are internal economic reasons for this choice, that go beyond the inevitable knuckleheads.

klugenbeel
klugenbeel

@boricuasnake04  Lol, if you played Titanfall you would know..that in itself is a game worth buying a next gen console for, unlike the PS4 which really has no titles worth getting for it atm. If you have a gaming rig PC, Titanfall is the way to go for that since it will run in higher resolutions on a PC...but the fact the Titanfall isn't on PS4 is good news in itself because having played the Beta....Titanfall is by far one of the best games anyone will play in 2014. It's addicting, fun, and beautiful. 

thissonicboom
thissonicboom

@Kalifornia BF because they're already used to vehicles. CoD will probably do an exoskeleton similar to the one's in GIJoe.

EmericaCky2K
EmericaCky2K

@theprismhead  


Turns out the PC can fart glitter and fire lasers from its eyeballs. As a PC owner, I can honestly say you make us all look like F*#cking retards. 

dbene
dbene

@Bowser05  


Does preloading really matter all that much??

Bowser05
Bowser05

@HipHopBeats  Have you bothered actually looking up information or actually trying it? The mech mechanic actually drastically changes the dynamic of the battle, and the addition of mobility changes the way you approach environments. It has some very well executed ideas. Not to mention the very ambitious multiplayer campaign concept they've talked about. There are a lot of new ideas and innovative principles in this game...and anybody who keeps saying it's CoD with mechs clearly knows NOTHING about the game.

EmericaCky2K
EmericaCky2K

@adkcrazox  I am also concerned there isn't enough content to justify the spending. Many new games are $44 on PC and this one is still $60. 


I am one of those people who always beat the campaign and often beat it twice. In my opinion, a game focused on pure shooting should have a full campaign, some variant of co-op, and a multiplayer. 


There are exceptions to this, such as a Bioshock game. However, they deliver enough content in story to argue its not a pure shooter. 

Hjindee
Hjindee

@adkcrazox go to G2A.com buy titanfall there.. its 50% cheaper than Origin

You buy the CD-key which you can activate.through Origin. you get the key though on release day i think, BUT HEY! you save around 50%

kryten212
kryten212

@klugenbeel @boricuasnake04 Why is it 'good news' its not on PS4? I smell a fanboy. And besides I played the Titanfall beta on PC, its very average, bland graphics with VERY poor texture quality, and the inclusion of ai bots is stupid. Certain not a system seller.

EmericaCky2K
EmericaCky2K

@camp1301 @theprismhead  


I wouldn't necessarily recommend a console unless its your only option. PC is still the premier platform, but it's not about that.  It's about playing video games. 

Bowser05
Bowser05

@dbene @Bowser05  No...it doesn't. It targets a very focused crowd that likes to get games at midnight and play them the moment they release. This is a minority of gamers. That being said, every single bit of headway they can make should be used. It's a missed opportunity at practically no extra work on their part. Just do a date and time check on the content, lock it until it's verified online and allow pre-purchase and preloading. It's very simple.

kidnatural
kidnatural

@kryten212 @klugenbeel @boricuasnake04  I didn't find the inclusion of AI bots stupid at all. They serve a purpose. Humans generally don't play competitive games to assume the role of grunts. They want to feel purposeful, powerful, basically unique. 


So I'm fine with it. Let the AI bots do the grunts role within a war. Let the other players choose to strategically use/manipulate them to their advantage. Perhaps those little buggers are gimmicky to you, but they're an element to me. It's something different. 


What I hope can become of AI in matches is the addition of variable skill-sets. Players with consistently better stats, within ranked matches, have tougher opponents, with the intention of keeping their visualized intensity relatively steady for all players, as opposed to them being mindlessly dull to the better players, and minor inconveniences to the less experienced/skilled. Moreover, the AI could incorporate data scripts from real players around the world, somewhat as envisioned with Forza 5's Drivatars. 

dbene
dbene

@kryten212 @camp1301  


I saw nothing even REMOTELY poor about the graphics on Titanfall. My stepson who has a PS4 was blown away by it actually.

Defender1978
Defender1978

@kryten212 @camp1301  People are rude on the internet because they are hiding behind an avatar safe in their mother's basement.  Most won't say in the real world what they can get by with on the internet because they would get their face punched.  

kryten212
kryten212

@camp1301 @kryten212 Why people have to be so rude and obnoxious on the Internet i'll never know. I would love to see you talk like that face to face. Anyway, its funny that in all footage released prior to the beta the graphics have looked just as poor. I guess we will find out when the game launches.

camp1301
camp1301

@kryten212 That's because the graphics and textures were purposely downgraded for the Beta in order to facilitate quicker downloads. A little knowledge goes a long way, idiot.