The upcoming FPS from Infinity Ward co-founder Vince Zampella and his new studio Respawn Entertainment, is exclusive to Xbox One, PC ,and Xbox 360; however this wasn’t always the case. In an interview with IGN, Zampella discussed how his relationship with Microsoft and the potential of a cloud powered console steered Respawn towards exclusivity. Almost instantly after announcing Respawn Entertainment, Microsoft was in touch with the former ex-Infinity Ward developers.
“The day we announced the studio, an hour later I’m on the phone with our Microsoft rep. ‘We have dev kits. Tell us where to send them.’ There were no hoops to jump through…that’s just the relationship we have.”
Once the benefits of the cloud became apparent, development shifted towards utilizing that technology. “It allowed us to think of the game a little differently. That was the perfect solution.” said Zampella about incorporating Microsoft’s cloud technology.
Utilization of cloud computing in games is a fairly new feature that will be ushered into the spotlight as the next generation picks up steam. To put it simply for the uninitiated, what the cloud allows developers like Respawn to do is offload some computing to Microsoft’s server cloud, freeing up the Xbox One or your PC to operate a lot smoother and preform more efficiently.
While Microsoft has done a whole lot with promoting the Xbox One’s cloud capabilities, Sony’s Shuhei Yoshida reminded Polygon last week that the PS4 is also capable of preforming similar cloud based computing. So then will we ever see Titanfall or any potential sequels on other platforms such as the PS4? In a separate interview with Eurogamer last week, Lead Artist Joel Emslie claimed that it was not out of the question, however EA Label Games executive Patrick Söderlund stayed the course when asked about a potential PS4 version.
“We haven’t communicated anything on that, and I can’t comment on that right now,” said Söderlund, adding: “We’re proud to be exclusive to Xbox.”
Since Titanfall still has a while before its currently planned Microsoft exclusive release of Spring 2014, there likely won’t be any news on the PS4 front for quite some time.