According to Kotaku, the first title born of Respawn Entertainment will be Xbox 720 exclusive.
Kotaku’s sources, both unnamed, are labeled “familiar with the game.” Their information indicates no versions of the Respawn title coming to either PlayStation 4 or the Wii U. There will, however, be an Xbox 360 version.
Respawn Entertainment, for those in the unawares, was formed in 2010 by former Infinity Ward studio chiefs Vince Zampella and Jason West after the duo were accused of insubordination and planning to leave for EA.
Its first game is described as a “futuristic multiplayer-centric online shooter” and a “battle of Davids and Goliaths.” The Davids, regular soldiers armed to the teeth, face off against the Goliaths, humongous Titans piloted by the Davids.
The number of Titans are limited to maintain balance, and weapon load outs for the soldiers are designed to be able to effectively combat the Titans. Both of Kotaku’s sources told it the game is always-online.
So far, the speculation about the new Xbox-only Respawn game is that it runs on a modified source engine from Valve. Respawn is allegedly working on the Xbox 720, or Durango, version and is in the process of choosing a studio to develop the 360 counterpart.
The game will also be “designed for multiplayer.” It also apparently is always online, corroborating with the hell-fire allegations of a constant Internet connection needed to play the Xbox 720. Yet again, no clarification on whether or not that means offline play is off limits.
Sources say the game’s multiplayer supports 16 players with the addition of AI-controlled characters. Players pick between “two massive factions” and gain experience that progresses their chosen party. A single-player mode wasn’t discussed, but there is the possibility of players being able to battle only against bots.
In spite of having a Respawn exclusive in their grasp, Microsoft is allegedly six months behind in content production for the Xbox 720 and has cancelled several projects. Sony and Nintendo both outnumber Microsoft in internal studio support, prompting Microsoft to reportedly search “aggressively” for Xbox 720 exclusives.
It’s likely that we will get to see Respawn’s game at E3, if not at the official Xbox reveal May 21.
We’ve reached out to Respawn for comment and will update this story if and when they respond.