For over a year gamers had been wondering what Respawn Entertainment, the development studio established by former Infinity Ward heads Jason West and Vince Zampella, was cooking up. Then, at E3 2013, they finally unveiled Titanfall, their multiplayer-focused, Xbox-exclusive (on the console side) title.
While Titanfall does draw from that Call of Duty lineage, it is still something pretty unique. And as such it was easily one of our favorite games from E3.
However, with Titanfall still at least a good six months away from releasing, there are a lot of questions to be answered. We know that the game will offer two distinct gameplay experiences, whether gamers are playing as the pilots or the game’s “titans,” and we know what types of abilities each of those two classes will offer.
That being said, we haven’t heard how that experience will differ from platform to platform. Specifically, Respawn has not addressed how the Xbox 360 version of Titanfall will compare to the Xbox One and PC version.
Respawn’s Vince Zampella (note: Jason West is no longer with Respawn) revealed at E3 that Respawn would not be porting Titanfall to Xbox. Instead another studio would be handling that arguably thankless task.
Additionally, Zampella confirmed that there will be some key differences between Titanfall on the Xbox 360. He wouldn’t say what those will be – if it will be more than graphical quality and resolution – only that the versions will be different.
Since Titanfall is not yet finished, Zampella didn’t want to get ahead of himself in terms of outlining inferiorities in the Xbox 360 version. After all, the Xbox 360 will presumably still be a well-supported platform when Titanfall launches, and he doesn’t want to disparage that version.
At the same time, we’d venture to guess that the Xbox One version of the game is Respawn’s preferred platform, with the PC version coming a close second. That’s because Titanfall is using the Xbox One’s cloud support to do some AI processing, a feature that isn’t possible on current-gen systems.
In fact, some cite Titanfall as a key determining factor in their decision to pre-order an Xbox One. And now, with the used game support issue behind us, gamers seem to be even more excited about Titanfall than before.
Do you plan on buying Titanfall for the PC, Xbox One, or Xbox 360? How do you think the Xbox 360 version will be different from the next-gen versions?
Titanfall is slated for a Spring 2014 release on the PC, Xbox One, and Xbox 360.