EA Chief Financial Officer Blake Jorgensen crushed the hopes of future PlayStation 4 owners everywhere when he confirmed that Respawn Entertainment’s online-only title Titanfall would remain exclusive to Microsoft’s systems “for the lifetime of the title”. This confirmation was made during EA’s quarterly earnings call yesterday afternoon. Many consumers had speculated that Titanfall would be a timed exclusive for the Xbox family of consoles and PC.
Judging from a Tweet sent out by Respawn co-founder Vince Zampella, timed exclusivity may have in fact been the original plan. Shortly after Jorgensen made his announcement, Zampella Tweeted that Titanfall was “Always MS exclusive at launch, great partner and focus is good for a startup,” but that it was EA that “made a deal for the rest, we only found out recently.”
What about any potential sequels? A PlayStation system not seeing the first entry in a franchise but seeing all subsequent entries is not an unheard of phenomenon (see Mass Effect and Saints Row this generation). Zampella makes this seem like a possibility. Responding to a follower on Twitter, Zampella confirmed that Respawn would “of course” be developing games for the PS4, “just not the first Titanfall.”
Whether this was Zampella hinting that future Titanfall games would come to the PS4 or just a poor choice of words won’t be known for some time. What we do know is that Titanfall can officially be listed as a Microsoft exclusive, which must come as a blow to many who were hoping to only buy one console this generation.