Rumor: Respawn’s first game a next-gen Xbox exclusive
posted on 04.29.13 at 06:30 PM EST by (@salromano)
Plus, rumored information on Microsoft's next-gen struggle.

The first game from Respawn Entertainment, a studio spawned by the creators of Call of Duty, will be exclusive to the next-generation Xbox, according to two Kotaku sources familiar with the matter.

An Xbox 360 version is also in development, the sources indicate. But there will be no PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, or Wii U versions. Neither of Kotaku’s sources indicated the game would be a timed exclusive, either.

The EA-published shooter is described by the site’s sources as a “futuristic multiplayer-centric online shooter,” pitting David-like heavily-armed foot soldiers against Goliath-like mech-style Titans.

The game map is said to limit the number of Titans that can be used in a single battle, and provide foot soldiers a weapon loadout set to conquer a Titan, if that be the case.

Respawn’s game is supposedly so multiplayer, in fact, that it’s “always-online.” Kotaku hasn’t been able to clarify whether it will permit offline play or feature a single-player mode.

Previous next-gen Xbox rumors have suggested the system requires an internet connection to function. Though widely agreed upon across a number of publications, details as to what “always-online” entitles is not clear.

The Respawn game will feature two “massive” factions, and player-earned experience points will count towards the progress of their faction. Online multiplayer is said to support up to 16 players, but AI-controlled characters are an option, as well.

Other sources have told Kotaku that Microsoft is “not where they want to be at this point in the pre-launch development” of their new Xbox, and a “reliable source” said Microsoft is as much as “six months behind in producing content for the new console.”

Another source told the site Microsoft recently canned “several” next-gen projects, which were not coming along as planned, and that Sony is in “better shape and further along with hardware and software development” in comparison.

Finally, an industry insider has told the site Microsoft is “aggressively” trying to sign exclusive games for the new Xbox, given its lack of internal development studios.

Respawn’s game is expected out next year, in “full-sized, boxed retail” form.

  • Gojira Twit

    Gee, Microsoft is dropping the ball on their own next-gen? And yet, none of this comes as any surprise. This is the same company that created Kinect and then basically said “ok we have no idea what to do with this, you guys make something”

    • Elvick


      • Skeletor

        Pizza App FTW!
        Nom nom nom!

  • 浪黒雷 (Roland Gmyrek)

    This is gonna cost MS an arm and a leg, especially with EA as publisher, if these rumors hold merit. Well, they got tons of cash so might as well use it. Glad to see that Sony and Ninty do not have to buy exclusives but can rely on their own 1st and 2nd party.
    Kinda seems that MS realized they can’t completely rest on their laurels and that 3rd party support alone won’t be enough against Ninty’s and Sony’s impressive 1st and 2nd party studios.

  • Tac-Mex

    Game made by the CoD developers
    >Exclusive to Xbox
    >Published by EA

    So all the cancerous shit will be on the Xbox then? I’m ok with this.

    It also means all the CoD kiddies will flock to the Xbox and hopefully ignore the PS3 and WiiU.

  • Raiyu

    Wouldn’t be surprised…there is another rumor from Kotaku saying that Microsoft are trying to moneyhat exclusives again and their 6 months behind on production. This is probably one of their moneyhatted games :/

  • DarthBrian

    And nothing of value was lost.

    • Potionzmaster

      Couldn’t agree more!

  • Tac-Mex

    Also it’s kinda odd that a game published by ea is exclusive, i wouldn’t be surprised that this game is only a temporary exclusive but anyway who cares?

    • Solomon_Kano

      I could see it remaining that way if MS has shelled out enough for it. If these rumors about them lacking next-gen content are true, then I could see them willing to pay out the ass for a high-profile title like this.

  • Sal Romano

    The console wars. They have returned.

    • Raiyu

      Returned? They have never left!

      • Sal Romano

        They’ve felt pretty dead the past few years. :3

        • Skeletor

          Thats b/c you giys banned anyone with strong opinionsLoL!

          • Locksus

            Well, more often than not, Malcolm/Dean, you posted comments that were clearly an attempt to start a flamewar in an irrelevant thread.

          • Sal Romano

            No, we’ve banned people who constantly spam the same crap over and over again where it’s irrelevant and annoying.

    • Solomon_Kano

      Prepare yourself.

    • Kurisu Makise

      Damnit, I so came to post this, except with the meme: “Begun the Console Wars has.” You win this round Sal.

    • miyamoto

      Kinect 2 versus Wii U…yeah

  • Prodigy-X

    I’m sorry for this long ass rant I’m about to make but it needs to be said.

    I’m tired of this BS with M$ and their damn Xbox company. All they want to do is wrap these third party developers around their finger with money than make their own damn exclusives. How about M$ you get off your damn ass and makes some new ips rather than forcing your whole entire first party department to make boring Kinect 2.0 games. I said this before and I’ll say this again M$ has been ruining this gaming industry ever since they fully revealed Kinect back in 2010. All they want to do is pay these third party developers to make something that should be multiplat a exclusive to them and that’s not fair because I’m not going to waste money on a console that only caters to the casual American market that seems to like only Halo, COD, Gears, Apps, & Entertainment.

    “Another source told the site Microsoft recently canned “several” next-gen projects, which were not coming along as planned, and that Sony is in “better shape and further along with hardware and software development” in comparison.”

    Let me guess those next gen projects came from their first party developers that are trying to create something innovated than creating Kinect 2.0 games but knowing M$ they purposely canned them because it wasn’t a shooter or Kinect 2.0 game.

    “Finally, an industry insider has told the site Microsoft is “aggressively” trying to sign exclusive games for the new Xbox, given its lack of internal development studios.”

    United States
    343 Industries – Halo series
    Connected Experiences – Untitled Project – Design Large scale multiplayer title and help other first party studios
    Good Science Studio – Kinect Adventures, Kinect Fun Labs
    Kids and Lifestyle Entertainment – Next generation fitness project – Original IP
    Microsoft Studios – Los Angeles – Next generation core cinematic title
    Microsoft Studios – Mobile Gaming – ilomilo
    Microsoft Studios – Redmond Publishing – Overseeing and co-developing multiple projects in conjunction with third party development studios
    Platform Next Studios – Next generation core title
    Playful Learning – Next generation family project
    Skybox Sports – Next generation sports project
    Turn 10 Studios – Forza Motorsport series
    Twisted Pixel Games – The Gunstringer, LocoCycle

    Lionhead Studios – Fable series, Black & White series, Unannounced MMO-like New IP – (2 team studio – Concurrent development of Fable: The Journey, Fable Heroes and an unannounced next generation title)
    Lift London – Multiple Cloud Based gaming projects
    Rare Ltd. – Banjo-Kazooie series, Viva Piñata series, Perfect Dark series, Kinect Sports series- (3 team studio – Concurrent development of various titles)
    Soho Productions – Kinect Sesame Street TV
    Press Play – Max: The Curse of Brotherhood

    BigPark – Joy Ride series, Kinect Sports: Season Two
    Black Tusk Studios – Untitled Project – (an unannounced next generation title)
    Microsoft Studios Victoria – Untitled Project

    Lack of internal development studios bitch please.

  • Solomon_Kano

    Shingeki no EA.

    Fuck that bullshit.

  • Zero

    Respawn’s game is supposedly so multiplayer, in fact, that it’s “always-online.” Kotaku hasn’t been able to clarify whether it will permit offline play or feature a single-player mode.

    I’m not sure if I’ll play it then. I’ll have to wait and see when they finally reveal the game. I’m not usually big on games with no single player, that kinda worries me. I’m very picky with my shooter games – Sure, I do play some multiplayer, but it’s usually with close friends only. I actually prefer splitscreen co-op or lan with my shooters.

    I think it’s important to keep in mind that this is still a rumor.

    I’ll say this much, If Microsoft plans to take this approach with the next generation… I’m not so sure about it. I have a hard time seeing lots of third party publishers go exclusive in this age of video games. I just think the positives of going multiplatform are too strong.

    (Disqus updated — So new and different and stuffz. xD)

    • Sal Romano

      “(Disqus updated — So new and different and stuffz. xD)”

      I don’t like it. =/ A line separating the comments would be nice. Smaller text and better line height, too.

      Edit: Oh, well I do like how linked comments are highlighted now.

      • Zero

        Yeah, I think the changes have to grow on me a bit.

  • DesmaX

    Hm… Multiplayer-only mode isn’t really a bad idea for me. CoD campaigns are normally worthless, so I normally just play MP.

    • Solomon_Kano

      Same here, but sometimes I just don’t want to play online. No offline co-op? No solo survival/horde mode? If it’s not going to have any form of SP at all, I can’t see myself paying full price for it.

      • DesmaX

        I do understand where are you going for (You see, last month I was out of games to play, so I just decided to pick up my MW3 copy to get the platinum… Spec-Ops mode is really cool), but, if there enough content, I think it could justify the full price… But, since this is EA, it’s probably not going to (I mean, only 16 people online? I would expect more for an mp only game)

        • Solomon_Kano

          Especially a next-gen MP only game. Unless this gameplay is revolutionary, $60 for some current-gen scale MP is a no-go.

  • Willgaea

    EA are a bunch of spawn killers.

  • rockman29

    Please, Microsoft, just disappear off the face of the Earth. You are a cancer to the industry.

  • KingKellogg The Waffle Haggler

    Kotaku,Oh rumor credibility lost

  • Sim marcalo

    Sounds like crap

  • Carlos Luis Ayala

    Probably a time exclusive since EA is the publisher and it is said they will be at the 720 announcement like how Activision was at the PS4 announcement they sorta switched sides well we didn’t get COD and we didn’t want it at the event but still.

  • shogunknight

    This is sad news, MS should really take their time with their projects, releasing this console haphazardly may cause a backlash at some point. And this clearly shows that its not just money third party devs want. Like someone said, “its not a race, its a marathon”

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  • bldudas

    It seems weird that an EA published game would be an exclusive.

    • Ritsujun

      $$$$$$$, my friend.

  • Skeletor

    On a more relevant note for gamers……PS4!!!

  • Paul Rodriguez

    Shooters do not interest me (especially the FPS variety) and I do not care for online multiplayer games. This news affects me in no way.

    • sunK1D

      Thanks for letting the Internet know that you dislike FPS games. Again, this “revelation” about you does not affect the internet in any way…

      • Elvick

        I don’t get why you and Karl (tried tagging but it failed for whatever reason) are acting like that.

        It’s not like Paul came in and was all, “WHO CARES MORE FPS SHITTY GAMES FOR BABIEZ DURR”

        Sheesh. He’s free to state he has no interest in FPS or MP games if he wants. Just as those who like it are free to just say they are interested with nothing else to add to that.

        Unless he edited his comment. But meh~

        It’s no wonder the only “negative” comments we ever see are fanboy/troll ones. Anyone that states their disinterest in something properly without being a dick is attacked for no reason.

    • Karl Josef

      ok sir, this game means that its not for you. Why hate?

  • Locksus

    The amount of shitposting in this article is hilarious.

  • Marco Tinè

    Maybe Microsoft should spend more time nurturing some internal talent, rather than buying everything they can.

  • bleach630

    As long as those basterds M$ stay away from jrpg exclusives then its fine by me.

    • Locksus

      Well, the thing is they don’t really need those. The Xbox brand has never been about Japanese games.
      Well, they did try, and fail, this gen with a few solid RPGs (Mainly Lost Odyssey, Blue Dragon, Vesperia etc.).
      Time will tell whether they will try to become relevant in Japan or not. Their main audience lies in the States, after all.

      Highly doubt that I’ll be getting MS’ next console, however. I guess I’m going to roll with a PC, 3DS and a Wii U.

    • Lelouch Vi Britannia

      exactly I don’t see Square-Enix & Namco Bandai making PS4 exclusives, not Xbox.