Titanfall Xbox 360 won't be available via Games on Demand

That's because "it simply did not represent the true Titanfall experience," EA says.

Electronic Arts will not release the Xbox 360 version of Titanfall digitally through Games on Demand, the company announced on its Support website today.

"After extensive testing, we felt that it simply did not represent the true Titanfall experience and it was decided not to release a Games on Demand version," EA said.

Of course, EA never announced in the first place that Titanfall would be available for Xbox 360 through Games on Demand. All the same, EA says its decision to sell Titanfall for Xbox 360 exclusively on-disc is in the best interest of maintaining the integrity of the game.

"We hope players understand this decision was all about quality and making sure you get the best Titanfall experience," EA said.

Titanfall for Xbox 360 launched April 8, about a month after the title's original release for Xbox One and PC. For more, check out GameSpot's review.

Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @EddieMakuch
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koncept4ever
koncept4ever

Guess I won't be playing it as my 360 no longer reads discs.  Way to go E(xtreme) A(*#holes), you just lost a sale

Eyekon313
Eyekon313

I can explain it they wont release it digitally because of license transfering I can for instance buy a digital copy then allow my brother to play my copy just by having him download it to this console with my gamertag and vice versa.

shidib09
shidib09

Can someone please explain to me how buying the actual disc is better than digital? My cousin and I both have xbox ones, my Home Xbox is at his house while my secondary one is well technically my console. So any games he buys i get for free and games i buy he gets for free. We both bought titan fall bundles so we sold the other titan fall game and got ground zeros. So please explain to me why people still use discs? If anything i said doesn't make sense its cause I'm to lazy to go back and make it make sense.

proeracoles
proeracoles

This is why people hate ea. They are so full of shit

Richmaester6907
Richmaester6907

So its available digitally for Xbox One and PC but the 360 gets shafted for being a port? I guess EA doesn't like money as much as we think it does. 

isshiah
isshiah

The graphics comparison gave me a stroke. There was a larger difference in quality than I expected. 

Wej_accept_it
Wej_accept_it

Randomly scrolled down and read some bizarre comments for this new story...
All I can say is I wish Feedbackula was still a thing

Dinostrich
Dinostrich

I mean I don't really like digital copies of games but some people do.  So wouldn't it make sense (if you're a company that wants lots of money) to sell the digital version?  Titan Fall works just fine on the 360 so I don't see the problem.  What does, "it simply did not represent the true Titanfall experience " even mean?

teller76567
teller76567

Lolz how ever the dumb derp xbox one bundle with TitanFall has a digital download copy. Derp who is the dumb ass not me i will pass. Grate that games are not going digital i won't support digital and will not support TitanFall... 

randomkidlol
randomkidlol

So EA admits that titanfall for the 360 is shit?

therealone717
therealone717

this just seems dumb.  don't see how a disc based game installation would be any different than digital download.. lol.  Okay EA, whatever you say... derp.  an "online only" game has to be played with an offline disc?  sigh.. makes sense I guess in a world as crazy as ours is currently. Other than that, it makes zero sense as usual.  

berserker66666
berserker66666

Or.....Microscam paid EA not to release it to boast Xbone sales.

Carpetfluff
Carpetfluff

You know Eddie if, like some other articles on this have done, you'd mentioned the game has to stream data from both sources at once to work in your text, the comments section might not be so full of daft comments.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

Downloading digitally not a Titanfall experience. What sort of bullshit is that?

They just didn't want to say, "We are EA, we do everything for the lowest cost regardless of functionality and you will have to live with that",

Shango4
Shango4

Im sorry im gonna come outright and say it. I don't think Microsoft are good for gaming.  There.  I'm not saying xbox consoles haven't and won't have good games but Microsofts whole initiative stinks imo.  If you have to pretend your old console sucks or merely ceased to exist in order to sell your new one then you clearly either don't have much faith in your product or respect for your fanbase,  or perhaps both.How a company can undo all the good work it did with 360 especially in light of sony previously doing the same with ps3 is beyond me. Shut up and make games ms.

Shango4
Shango4

Or they want to reduce access to boost XBone sales, the same reason for the delay. Awful marketing tactics.

DARKSPACE
DARKSPACE

The best thing about all this, is when there is no TF server, The people can still Frisbee a useless disc, while the digital buyers have nothing to throw. LOL

Mr_Big_Boss
Mr_Big_Boss

Gamespot and their daily Titanfall articles make me hate the game more with each new article they make.

kounterfeit
kounterfeit

Makes sense... gta had problems with digital version too. My guess is the game runs off the disc and hdd at the same time

Carpetfluff
Carpetfluff

I don't know why this is such a big deal for people to understand. It runs in tandem off the HDD and disc. So no download only version. Simple. Anyone who ignored Rockstar and ran GTA V off a HDD only install knows how much it messed with the data streaming.

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

Odd - I could've sworn there was an option to DL the whole game before release? Not to play early or install early, but to get it at midnight of release. Did anyone else notice this prior to release?

ferval100
ferval100

"After extensive testing, we felt that it simply did not represent the true Titanfall experience and it was decided not to release a Games on Demand version,"

What does this mean? I guess my digital version on pc isn't the true experience.

shidib09
shidib09

@Eyekon313  On the xbox one if you buy a game digitally anyone on that console can play your game whether if you are logged in or not. As long as you make that console your Home console anyone can play any game(s) you own this is the same on the Ps4 also you only need one person to buy xbox live that as well is a share benefit again same thing with Ps4

TJSpyke
TJSpyke

@berserker66666  You realize the game is coming out for Xbox 360? And far more people would buy the disc based version over the digital version anyways. So maybe you should stop trolling

punksterdaddy
punksterdaddy

@Carpetfluff  

I clicked on this article to see why not, since it was announced that it needed an install for it would work and the headline said no such thing.

Then I discover the reasons are not even in the article either?

So basically this headline is designed to generate anger and therefore traffic! *Sigh*

Glad you saw through this too. 

Carpetfluff
Carpetfluff

@Dannystaples14  That makes no sense. I'm no fan of EA but there is a technical reason for this decision plus providing it digitally IS their lowest cost method of taking your money so you're contradicting yourself in that statement.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@Shango4  Either you are on the wrong article or you need to go in the forums to vent.

That comment made no real sense in terms of this article or Microsoft in general in fact. Need to make their old console look worse, ha. Just because Sony don't need to make the PS3 look any worse than it already is.

PS3 was the worst console that has come out since I've been gaming. And that includes the Dreamcast which went bust. Some awesome titles on Dreamcast. I never bought a PS3, never even wanted to buy one. That is how shit that console was. Any console that can't even make its own controller work is a disgrace.

PS4 is basically Sony's second attempt at PS3, because right now it isn't particularly innovative and they have only just made a controller that is acceptable. Right now the PS3 has more overall functionality as well.

auntyt
auntyt

@Shango4  How was the delay awful marketing tactics? If MS sold a boat load of XB1's because of the delay then that's good marketing tactics.

Carpetfluff
Carpetfluff

@Shango4  You have no clue. The game has to stream data from both sources, the HDD and the disc, that's why there's no full install option. The streaming from HDD alone causes the game to run like crap, hence no digital only version.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@Shango4  How does not buying digitally on Xbox 360 effect the Xbox One in any way?

You really think people are going to say "Shit. No digital download. Oh well better shell out $500 for a new console instead"

teller76567
teller76567

@DARKSPACE  Lol no kidding that's what i have been saying since i heard about the dumb game.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@DARKSPACE  The best thing about Microsoft having cloud gaming and 300,000 servers is their online service is actually pretty stable.

It is only the same as someone not being able to play COD multiplayer if their internet dies or the servers go down. No one would play it offline instead anyway.

Most likely start playing another game all together.

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

Beats the daily 2nd Sun threads. At least Titanfall is great and not an average sequel.

amaninatub
amaninatub

@Carpetfluff  GTA V had the same issue and, though not ideal, a solution was found. It required two disks (one could be a built in 4gb partition or usb drive) for the games on demand version to be installed. That method could have easily been implemented for Titanfall as well. There are many consumers that have disc-drive issues on an otherwise functional console. Not to mention, many people simply prefer the convenience of not having to switch out discs. They are not the majority but a little consideration from EA/ Respawn would have been nice. not to mention the fact that they did officially announce it but then backtracked from that statement, passively blaming consumers for making assumptions in the process. https://twitter.com/Titanfallgame/status/453284276306325504

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@Carpetfluff  Hmm not really. Since they HAVE to make a game on disk, people wouldn't stand for a digital only game. That won't change any time soon. 

Adding something digitally to the store will still take some effort and time and money to do, even if it isn't as much as physical media overall. EA are not renowned for their overwhelming ability to put effort into anything. I mean look at what a crap heap Battlefield 4 is. That just goes to show how much effort they put into stuff when their full games are largely broken. Sim City was broken at launch. Sims 3 still has colossal performance issues and screen tearing.

Having digital and disk based games at the same time still has more initial cost overall. Not to mention the number of people who buy digitally on console is tiny. So the payback from that effort will be lower.

EA putting in effort, with limited payback is like chalk and cheese, or oil and water. They simply don't go together.

gulagone
gulagone

You haven't been gaming long it seems. If PS3 was the worst, then the 360 was second worst, right?

berserker66666
berserker66666

@Sevenizz You're right. Titanfall is a subpar game which was overhyped by Microscam with cash and bribing reviewers.

Carpetfluff
Carpetfluff

@amaninatub @Carpetfluff If you read the in depth articles discussing the technical challenges of the port with Bluepoint you'd know they tested the game using HDD and USB, but as the code for the disc streaming was written very particularly for that, it didn't work as well from USB and they weren't happy with it as an option. It basically wasn't getting the data shifted fast enough and was causing the same problems as just trying to run the game entirely from the HDD,


I know it worked for GTA V, that's how I ran it, but this is a different animal. Also, even if it worked the logistics of making sure people knew what they needed and what they had to do on a big mainstream release like TF would just be too damn messy.

teller76567
teller76567

@gulagone  Well i would say the 360 was bad be cause of hardware problems i went through 7 of them i'm on my 8th now. I'm no Sony fan but i'm just Microsoft did a real number with last gen and with the new gen xbox one, i'm on the fence about it. Just i have lost trust with them and their not getting it back any time soon.

Sevenizz
Sevenizz

Every time I play that game I think it'll be great and then it gets too hectic and choppy and I'm reminded I can't stand it.

BabeNewelll
BabeNewelll

@flyincloud1116

Half-Life: Blue Shift 2

MAD_AI
MAD_AI

@EasyComeEasyGo  

Plenty are asking for it, best coop zombie shooter, unfortunately I'm in the HL3 camp. Bright side is, Source 2 is in the making so HL3 isn't that far off.

EasyComeEasyGo
EasyComeEasyGo

Meanwhile they are working on Left 4 Dead 3, a game that no one asked for.