Microsoft’s E3 event came to a grandiose close with the showing of Respawn Entertainment’s premier title Titanfall. If you’re like me, chances are your heart sank into your chest when you heard the words “Xbox exclusive” during the demonstration. Luckily the term “exclusive” is used rather loosely in the world of video games; as Respawn’s latest venture is set to hit PC as well.
While Respawn Entertainment is new to the scene, the studio is comprised of its fair share of industry veterans, including many developers behind the iconic Call of Duty Franchise along with one of the series co-creatures. Their new project Titanfall looks to build-off the team’s First Person Shooter (FPS) prowess to put a new take on the popular genre, with the multiplayer focused title.
At first glance, Titanfall doesn’t appear all that different from the Call of Duty franchise. The trailer sports a wide array of weaponry, the distant thunderous clap of explosives and the ever-present instant gratification of experience points. Just when you think this is another military shooter clone, a giant mechanized suite comes sprawling through the battlefield only to disappear as quickly as it appeared.
The towering mechs appear to be an integral part of the gameplay, as players will battle against one another both on foot and in the cockpit of these 24-inch technologic behemoths. According to the game’s director Steve Fukuda in a press release Titanfall “places equal emphasis on two drastically different and new ways to move and fight.” The live gameplay demo lived up to Fakuda’s words, as fearsome mech found its demise from a single foot-soldier, who propelled onto the back of machine for a devastating aerial assault.
Titanfall’s demo certainly sets an impressive landscape. Machines and man alike plummet towards the earth from every conceivable angle, soldiers glide effortlessly onto rooftops with the aid of rocket propelled jetpacks, all while a much larger confrontation takes place over a wide-scaling heavily populated battlefield.
Titanfall has certainly whetted our appetites, so here’s hoping that the live gameplay matches the title’s impressive first showing. Titanfall is set to hit stores sometime in 2014 and will be available on Xbox One, PC, and Xbox 360. The Xbox 360 version is currently being developed by an external studio with support from the Respawn team.