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Titanfall producer responds to accusations of bribery

Titanfall producer responds to accusations of bribery

Previews for Titanfall have been, right from the start, overwhelmingly positive. There’s nothing particularly odd about that, since it’s a very enjoyable game. But it has a legacy. And it has backing. And that’s made people suspicious and cynical. 

There are those who would suggest that Respawn has been paying off the press. Accusations of the sort that always come out whenever a Call of Duty title starts to get glowing coverage. 

Titanfall producer Drew McCoy seems to be a bit sick of such accusations, and took to NeoGAF to respond

“Anyone who thinks we weren't living in the shadow of decade+ old established franchises at our reveal at E3 are as crazy as their conspiracy theories of anyone getting paid off,” McCoy said.  “We've had to fight tooth and nail to have a game that anyone would even know existed, let alone be excited for and want to create coverage of. I get it that its not for everyone, but to say we're paying anyone off is downright insanity. Not to mention the height of insulting.”

The fight to get noticed might be a bit overstated. Most new IPs from new studios don’t have the benefit of massive E3 reveals like Titanfall was blessed with. But it’s absurd for anyone to imply that any developer has an easy ride when the industry is as saturated as it is. 

What strikes me as most unusual about the accusations against Respawn and Titanfall is that the game has been demoed countless times at events, and Respawn has been pushing potential purchasers to play it since it was first revealed. And outside of events, there was an Xbox One alpha and the open beta has just finished for everyone else. 

Titanfall hasn’t been hidden away, only available for media outlets who are willing to take a bribe. If the press is gushing about something, but nobody else is, maybe that’s a bit strange. But Respawn has been entirely transparent. Like any conspiracy theory, the whole frustratingly pervasive press bribery theory requires an absurd amount of people to all be involved, including regular people who are entirely unaffiliated with the industry. 

Mind you, Jeremy, Nick, Matt and I did all get whisked away to an exotic spa on the moon where we were fed grapes by busty Titans before we posted our Titanfall impressions today. So I guess that’s a bit suspicious. 

Cheers, Dualshockers.

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unwanted's picture

What else can you attribute to the hyperbole most of the gaming press is saying? People are fine (most of them anyway) with others like games. It's when people say stuff like "this game will make you buy an XBone even if you have a PC that can run it on ultra" that comes off as suspicious. No one is talking about the PC or 360 version.

One of the reasons I like coming here is because people here don't do that. After hearing about this moon spa trip, I may need to find another place.

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TenClub's picture

A console gamer isn't going to become a PC gamer because of Titanfall. However, a console gamer with no Xbox One might buy it due to Titanfall.

As for the 360 version it hasn't even been shown yet and will obviously be outdated and not worth buying when comparing it to the One and PC version. So there is nothing wrong with saying it might make you want to buy an Xbox One. The PC version isn't really in that conversation.

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Riska's picture

"A console gamer isn't going to become a PC gamer because of Titanfall."

Why not? If they have a 360 and it's a choice between a PC or an Xbox One and the game is that good, why is the PC version not a system seller?

You'd gain access to thousands of games straight away and have a machine capable of producing quality that far exceeds console quality. I get that a console is cheaper, which is fine, but that's not an issue for everyone. So why aren't they singing about the PC version in the same tune as the console version.

I'm not saying this is bribery, I just question whether it's truly as special as is being made out... or if people just want it to be.

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TenClub's picture

I just don't see this as one of those multi-platform games where a console gamer would look at the PC version with envy.

It's not some graphical powerhouse like Battlefield 4 or a Skyrim where you can literally do anything you want to it with mods. Those are examples of multi-plat games that makes console gamers consider a PC in my opinion. One look at a modded Skyrim and you just go "wow, this makes me want to try PC gaming."

I don't see Titanfall being that type of game. A console gamer who is set on a next gen console will not change their minds because of this game imo.

There are obviously plenty of console gamers who decide to convert to PC gaming but I highly doubt Titanfall was that reason

And in the end this is a Sony vs Microsoft thing. It's EA and especially MS who are pushing the Xbox One version this hard. I don't think it has to do with the media as much as it does with those two companies. Microsoft is losing out to PS4 in a big way and they are going to push this game hard.

I don't think the game is as special as so many are making it out to be. The hype level for this game is off the charts and more so than any recent game (even GTA V). It's billed as the game that will allow MS to overtake PS4. I think that's ridiculous but that's just me. It's a fun game and if the launch is smooth I'll definitely buy a copy with a GMG coupon but this is not the messiah of FPS games.

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unwanted's picture

I think you misread. This person was saying that you will buy an Xbox One, even if you have a PC that can run it. If you have a PC that can run Titanfall, you are not a console gamer. No one buys a powerful PC and plays multi-platform games on the inferior system.

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TenClub's picture

Who/which publication said that?

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http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/08/22/i-played-titanfall-and

Very last paragraph. The paragraph before he compared it to Coca-Cola. Tell me that article doesn't read like a PR statement.

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TenClub's picture

W...T....F?

Yes you are correct it does read like a PR statement and makes NO sense whatsoever.

The Xbox LIVE community is where you'll enjoy it most? I would love for him to explain how the LIVE community makes the game so much better over the PC community. I guess he loves hearing racist and sexist kids/adult douchebags screaming into their microphones? I'll go with that since he told us nothing to back his claim up.

There's also this 'amazing' thing called hooking your PC up to a TV if you want to game on a couch and last I checked fast paced games like this were made for M/KB's.

I really don't know what else to say. I mean...wow. I think he's looking for a job at EA, Respawn, or Microsoft.

I haven't been exposed to writers like him since the only sites I visit are PCGamesN, RockPaperShotgun, and QuarterToThree so this is genuine surprise.

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TenClub's picture

Gamer logic:

"They like a game I don't like or is popular! Bribes!"

"They don't like a game I like! I guess 'X' company didn't pay them off!"

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Shriven's picture

I see it as an elaborate ploy by CoD devs. Go on, see if you can figure it out!

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