It looks like the thing we feared the most on Titanfall launch day has actually occurred, although not in the way that we expected. Xbox Live is down for a large many of Xbox One users, who are now left unable to play Titanfall on its all-important day of release.
Earlier today it seemed like the issue was related to the Xbox Live's sign-in processes, but the problem has apparently grown since then. For example, some gamers are reporting no problems signing in, but are unable to connect to the Titanfall servers.
What's more, this Xbox Live outage news comes just hours after Respawn Entertainment pushed a launch day patch for Titanfall that was supposedly meant to clear up any server connection problems. Unfortunately, without being able to connect to Xbox Live, gamers cannot download the patch. For that matter, they can't play Titanfall at all, as the game's entire experience, even the tutorial, requires an Internet connection.
As we mentioned at the top of the post, this is our worst fear realized as it pertains to Titanfall. With the game being online-only, many wondered whether or not we were poised for another SimCity or Battlefield 4 situation, even though Microsoft's Cloud Azure servers were handling the load this time around. In other words, it might not be fair to place the blame on Titanfall, EA, or Respawn just yet. Our time with the Titanfall beta was mostly trouble-free - aside from some issues with the Xbox One's party system - as was our time pre-release.
It's obviously only been a few hours of down time so it's too early to make any sweeping claims about Titanfall's launch, but these early problems are no less disappointing. The game has been getting mostly positive reviews from critics, but under a conditional basis. That condition was, of course, whether the game could still deliver in a live setting.
[UPDATE: It appears the problems have been fixed! Microsoft asks that gamers power cycle their Xbox One console by holding the power button for 5 seconds, waiting 30 seconds, and then pressing the power button again. Let us know if that works for you.]
Have you experienced any problems signing in to Xbox Live? If this is an Xbox One issue is it fair to chastise Titanfall?