Respawn Entertainment Studios Exclusive to the Next-Gen Xbox

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The long-awaited first game from Respawn Entertainment  will be exclusive to the next-gen Xbox, according to two unrelated sources familiar with the game. One of these sources indicates that there will also be an Xbox 360 version, but no versions for rival PlayStation and Nintendo consoles.

The new game from Respawn is a futuristic multiplayer online shooter, one of the sources says. It is described as a battle of “Davids and Goliaths” kinda theme. 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 like Mechwarrior or Steel Battalions.

To keep the action balanced, game maps limit the number of Titans that can be used in a skirmish. Weapon load outs for the foot soldiers are designed to ensure that the characters on foot can take out the Titans if need be.

Earlier this month, other reporters noticed that Respawn had trademarked the word “Titan”.

While the details of the game came to us from one source – a source who is in a good position to know what the deal is with Respawn’s game – their top priority was that the game is  to be destined only for  the Microsoft console hardware and with information from another source had also told us that Respawn’s game would only be for the Xbox brand. It is possible that the game could be a timed exclusive, but neither source indicated that was the case.

The new Respawn game, one of these 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.

It’s also said that 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.

The Respawn game’s multiplayer will operate on a grand scale, with players picking between two massive factions and with all of their experience in the game counting toward the progress of their faction. The source said multiplayer would support 16 players but that Respawn would add AI-controlled characters to make the action more frenetic and to give novice players a greater chance to score some kills.

It is not clear on whether the game would have a single-player mode but speculated that players might be able to go into maps and battle only against bots. They did not think that the game would have a standalone linear campaign.

While we can safely assume that we’ll all see Respawn’s game at E3, the source that shared the most specifics of the game with us said we shouldn’t expect to play the game until some time next year. They expect it to be a full-sized, boxed retail game.