Respawn boss hints future Titanfall games will be on Steam


The PC version of Titanfall, as you know, is an Origin exclusive. And it seems likely to stay that way, according to Respawn Entertainment co-founder and CEO Vince Zampella—but if he has his way, future games in the series will be available on other platforms as well.

Zampella told Game Informer that Titanfall is closing in on eight million unique players, which he described as pretty successful, especially since it was "an early launch on a limited platform." It wasn't released for either the PlayStation 3 or PlayStation 4, but on PC side it didn't come to Steam, either: It was exclusive to EA's Origin. That obviously did it no good with PC gamers, given how effectively Steam dominates the market, but at this point the situation is unlikely to change.

"At some point you look at it and you say is it even worth now this much later the effort to put it on Steam, when it would be a lot of work and kind of bifurcate the community?" he said. "We would have loved for it to be on Steam from day one, but at some point it just doesn't make sense anymore and you start looking to the future and I think we should not make that same decision again."

Zampella emphasized later in the interview that "future projects will not necessary be exclusive," and noted that the exclusivity deal for Titanfall covered only the first game.

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.