Microsoft’s (MSFT) much-anticipated Titanfall has arrived today and with so much clamor over the Xbox One game, there are a few things to pay attention to.
The launch party yesterday at South By Southwest (SXS) was a hit — and showed MSFT just how excited fans were for the game (via USA Today).
“For us the excitement is getting our fans to play the best games there are in the industry and we are lucky to have Respawn here and Titanfall to play,” Yusuf Mehdi, Microsoft’s chief marketing and strategy officer for Xbox, said at the party.
For those who didn’t get to attend the Austin fiesta, here are three things to know about Titanfall.
No. 3: Titanfall is significant for gamers
Titanfall is scheduled to come to the Xbox consoles and PCs – not the PlayStation 3 and 4 — with the Xbox 360 version delayed until March 25. “I can’t overstate (Titanfall‘s) importance,” Mehdi told USA Today.
It’s a first from Respawn, a studio “borne out of Activision’s 2010 dismissal of Jason West and Zampella, both co-founders of Infinity Ward, the studio that created the Call of Duty franchise.”
No. 2: Its visuals are movie-esque
Titanfall owes its sci-fi landscape to movies such as District 9 and Blade Runner, opting for the “lived-in look” of future dystopias instead of perfectly clean settings you’d see in certain other games. The more gritty visual feel allows gamers to better embrace the settings — with designers focusing a load of attention on the details to enhance the gaming experience.
No. 1: The online-only multiplayer game may be game-changing
Titanfall could be a game changer for other game releases. “It’s the first game for either the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One that is a true leap forward for multiplayer shooters. And the fact it is exclusive to Xbox One will help Microsoft pick up some of the ground it has lost to PS4 so far,” Geoff Keighley, host of GameTrailers TV, told USA Today. “Titanfall is as important to Xbox One as Halo was to Xbox.”
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