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Respawn's  TitanFall  has a launch date
Respawn's TitanFall has a launch date
October 22, 2013 | By Kris Ligman

October 22, 2013 | By Kris Ligman
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Electronic Arts has announced that it is pushing forward the release date of Xbox One console exclusive TitanFall to March 11th 2014, a move that analytics firm Sterne Agee is calling a response to the delay of Ubisoft's multiplatform title Watch Dogs.

"EA expects the net effect of the changes to its release schedule to be neutral," says Sterne Agee analysts Arvind Bhatia and Brett Strauser. "[By contrast,] we believe this is being done to take advantage of the open window created by Ubisoft."

TitanFall was previously expected to land around June 2014. While it has now moved forward, the release window for The Sims 4 has been pushed back -- to the latter half of 2014.

UPDATE: A Respawn representative has contacted Gamasutra stressing that the date does not have anything to do with Watch Dogs, saying: "March 11th has always been our release date, it has not been changed."


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John McMahon
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Were they competing for the same audience? Generally, yes gamers. But Watch Dogs is a different experience than the MP focused Titanfall.

Christopher Enderle
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They would probably both market through the same channels.

Jennis Kartens
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It sure is not entirely the same but overall, they're both heavy hyped AAA games where often enough the younger target audience (which essentially is mostly the same) has to chose between one or another... so it might really help.

Mike Griffin
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February to April 2014 is loaded with big releases at this point, recently increased by a number of new delays and/or release date announcements.
It represents a good stretch for next-gen console releases, actually. If you decide to delay your purchase of a PS4 or XBone, that spring 2014 period may be a prime time to get on board.

Sean Sang
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I don't see how you can move up the release date by that many months without negatively affecting the team involved as well as the quality of the game. Sounds like the people at Respawn are going to be crunching excessively to meet that deadline.

Doug Poston
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While I wouldn't count that out, maybe the original date was chosen not because of the development time but because of marketing and/or manufacturing.

There are only so many companies that can manufacture licensed physical game discs (another reason to go DLC). It's possible they couldn't schedule a better date until recently.

Dane MacMahon
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How does a PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One release become "Xbox One exclusive" in 90% of news articles?

Luis Guimaraes
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Have noticed this trend too.

Glenn Sturgeon
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I always find it extra ironic when its posted that way on a web site, a place were anyone there is 99.9% likely to own a pc.

John Flush
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And luckily I read comments because I have been interested in it, but it always gets mentioned as Xbone exclusive and I have continued to ignore it. But on PC too... I am now starting to pay attention again.

Salim Muhammad
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I don't think people are intentionally leaving PC out. MS is touting it as a "next-gen console exclusive."

John Flush
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@Salim - So who writes these articles? Journalists or advertisers? Me thinks it is the later or they would write it right.

scott anderson
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"While it has now moved forward, the release window for The Sims 5 has been pushed back -- to the latter half of 2014."

The next game in the series is Sims 4, not Sims 5.


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