Respawn Entertainment’s Titanfall is being trumpeted as the Xbox One’s big killer app. Microsoft has spent a lot of money securing this title and they are marketing it pretty aggressively. This is a game made by the former heads of the Call of Duty franchise so it has a lot to live up to and could potentially be one of the titans (pun intended) of this current generation.
While Titanfall has the possibility to be huge, some gamers are worried about the title’s launch. This game is being published by EA, a company that has had two of its biggest titles of 2013 hampered by unstable servers. The games in question being Sim City and of course, the recently launched Battlefield 4.
Titanfall is an online-only game so it is wholly dependent on stable servers for it to function correctly. If this game were to have a launch like Battlefield 4 did, it wouldn’t look good for its creators. Considering the fact that this game is launching on three platforms (PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One), the potential for a muddled launch is even greater.
While EA’s recent problems are a valid cause for concern, I think things may not be as bad as some fear.
We have to take Respawn’s history with online games into consideration. You can say what you will about the Call of Duty franchise but those games, specifically the ones made by the original team, all ran well. This team knows what they are doing when it comes to multiplayer gaming and we have to believe that they are bringing that expertise to Titanfall. I highly doubt that this team will release a product that isn’t functional or that is severely broken.
While EA may have a recent spotty record with some of their online games, they have mostly been successful at providing smooth online experiences. The non-stop media coverage of Sim City and Battlefield 4‘s problems overshadow the fact that, for the most part, EA has a good overall track record when it comes to online games. We shouldn’t take their recent issues to be ones they will continue to have in the future.
There is a lot riding on the success of Titanfall. This will be one of the biggest games of 2014 and I believe that Microsoft, EA and Respawn have the power to make the launch of this title a successful one. There will be some snags of course, as there are with all online games, but I highly doubt we’ll see a repeat of Battlefield 4. We should give Titanfall and the team behind it the benefit of the doubt when it comes to how stable it will play online.
Titanfall will be released on March 11 for the PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.