Big news out of Kotaku today, as the site has gotten juicy details on Respawn Enterainment’s new game. Apparently Microsoft has paid big sums to make the title, dubbed Titan, exclusively to the next Xbox as the software giant has struggled to prepare games for the console’s expected launch later this year.
According to Kotaku, the new game from Respawn is:
A futuristic multiplayer-centric online shooter, one of our sources says. The source describes the game as a battle of Davids and Goliaths. The Davids are heavily-armed foot soldiers. The Goliaths are the giant exosekeltons—Titans—that these soldiers can pilot. These Titans are big mech-style walkers that move with an agility not seen in games likeMechwarrior or Steel Battalions.
To keep the action balanced, game maps limit the number of Titans that can be used in a skirmish. Weapon loadouts for the foot soldiers are designed to ensure that the characters on foot can take out the Titans if need be. The source who described the game does not work at Respawn, but their description tracks with the long-reported desire by the former Infinity Ward team to make a sci-fi shooter.
Respawn Entertainment recently trademarked “Titan”. The game will be released exclusively for the next Xbox, two sources who are not linked told the site, and although the game could be a timed exclusive, the sources gave no indication that it was.
Another source has revealed that the game will be an always-online title – most likely to sell Microsoft’s idea of a console that’s always connected to the internet, giving more hints the the next Xbox will indeed need an internet connection to play games. Even single-player experiences.
The new Respawn game, one of our sources tells us, is made on a modified version of Valve’s Source engine, not on internal EA tech. The source believes the game looks very good on Durango but not as good as EA’s internally-made Battlefield 4. That source also says that Respawn is only working on the Durango version of the game and is hand-picking a studio to make the 360 edition.
Fittingly, one of our two sources for the new game tells us that Respawn’s futuristic shooter will be designed for multiplayer. In fact, they say, the game is always-online. The always-online detail was also offered by our other source. We haven’t been able to clarify whether the game would permit offline play.
Intriguing stuff. The next Xbox will be revealed on May 21st, however it isn’t known if Microsoft will reveal the exclusivity of the Respawn game at that event, as the firm’s made known that it will focus on the prowess of the system and save software reveals for E3 2013. Furthermore, Respawn said it won’t show its new game until E3 2013.