EA has insisted that it wants its games to reach as wide an audience as possible, but like any good rule there are always exceptions.
Microsoft’s Xbox One presentation last Monday was big on exclusive content, and the debut game from Respawn – Titanfall – was amongst them. The game will be published by EA.
"We have a very balanced portfolio across both Sony and Microsoft,” EA Labels president Frank Gibeau told investors, as reported by CVG. “FIFA, Madden, Battlefield, Need for Speed, our entire line-up is going to be deployed on both platforms, so strategically we're going to be multiplatform, platform agnostic, and our history shows we go where the audience is and so we will do that.
"However, there are tactical opportunities from time to time on a title or on a service component that we do enter into a relationship with one or two of the first parties on that particular opportunity and we'll execute on it. Titanfall is an example of that.
“It's a product that came in through our EA Partners group, it's a partnership with Respawn, and there was an opportunity for Microsoft, EA and Respawn to create a tactical opportunity to make Titanfall exclusive to Microsoft.”
However, Respawn’s lead artist Joel Emslie has said that a PS4 release should not be ruled out entirely.
"It's definitely not out of the question," he told Eurogamer. "We have a huge appreciation for the fans. Coming out and showing it to everybody, we're super nervous and wanted to make sure everybody loved it. We love all our fans, whatever console they support. We want to make everybody happy, but this is where we're at right now."