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Has Microsoft stolen the next big game as an exclusive?


And here we thought the software version of the console wars was slowing down with pretty much all the top titles starting to hit both consoles. Well if a rumour posted by Kotaku is correct then Microsoft may have just taken a giant leap towards the finish line with what is expected to be a huge title, or should I say exclusive title.

The guys behind Respawn studio’s are the brains behind the incredibly well received Modern Warfare series, and ever since Activision kicked them out they have been hard at work at the newly formed Respawn studio’s, partnered with EA, creating the next big shooting experience.

Very little is known about the upcoming title but from what we’ve heard the game will be an always online massively multiplayer shooter.

The two factions are currently entitled David and Goliath with the Davids being heavily armed foot soldiers and the Goliaths are massive exoskeletons that are controlled by people. So like a mech warrior but far more fluid and agile.

It instantly sounds like an unfair battle but I’m sure there are some gameplay techniques being used to even out that battle.

With the brains behind this game along with the huge amount of money EA are prepared to throw into the ring I really can’t see this game missing the mark on its release. And now with the latest rumour being that Microsoft has thrown the piggy bank at the studio to secure it as a next Xbox only title the team have really been given the freedom of the city to make something incredible.

However there is still a red flag over this rumour as EA have always been very closely linked with PlayStation and could well cause an issue between Activision and Microsoft who may see this as competition to their timed exclusivity deal.

I for one love the sound of the game and with the Xbox’s rumoured ability to enforce an online only connection this could make the Xbox the only viable console for this type of game.

Will we see this title unveiled at the massive Xbox event planned for the 21st of May? I’m going to guess we get a teaser with a full reveal at E3.

Do you think this could be the title that makes people think twice about jumping on the PlayStation 4 bandwagon? Especially in the shooter dominated American and European markets?

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Author:Gavin Mannion

I'm cranky, arrogant and ever so amazingly annoying but when you get to know me you will also realise I'm honest and incredibly good at describing myself... now pass me that beer
  • Trevor Davies

    I’d like to know who would buy a next-gen console based on one game that hasn’t even been seen, because I have some dehydrated water at a bargain price.

    • FoxOneZA – The Chosen One

      I’d like to know who would buy a console that hasn’t even released, based on a game that has been seen which is based on rumors of the interwebs.

      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        If it comes with more USHER… I’m sold :P

  • Admiral Chief Erwin

    Warm beer
    Steak and kidney pies
    [List of a few things the Admiral Chief totally despises]

    • Trevor Davies

      Come now, steak & kidney pies aren’t that bad.

      • Admiral Chief Erwin

        They are evil!

        • Sageville

          Agreed, I too am hesitant when consuming internal organs designed to filter piss.

          • CaptainNemo42

            Steak’s not an internal organ that filters piss? What science is this??

          • Admiral Chief Erwin

            Agreed. Liver as well, that is just not ayoba

          • Trevor Davies

            Has anyone ever told you where rump steak comes from? ;)

          • Deon Steyn

            The ass?

          • HvR

            jip, its muscle used to cut the shit in to smaller manageable pieces.

          • Sageville

            You’re thinking of Sphincter Pie?

          • HvR

            shhhh, I’m trying to convert him to vegetarian and then tell him next week that almost all commercial vegetables is grown in horse piss and shit.

        • Brady miaau

          At 03:00 AM? or 03:00 PM? Pies taste differently depending on time

          • Admiral Chief Erwin

            S&K pie tastes crap, 24/7

      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        Steak and kidney pies are used as a torture device in some prisons….

    • Rince da Ref Lvl2

      No CoD?

      • Admiral Chief Erwin


        I see what you are trying to do, and you shall not succeed.


        • Rince da Ref Lvl2

          I no nutting gov, nnutting!

      • Deon Steyn

        don’t tempt me

        • HvR


        • Trevor Davies

          What could be better than the innovative COD experience mixed with Mechwarrior? *innocent look*

          • Deon Steyn

            stop it stop it stop it

          • Trevor Davies

            But wouldn’t you like that? Just imagine how great it would be stomping all over the little COD fodder in your mech while they scream DAFUQ! & about how gay your mech is. Be honest :D

          • Rince da Ref Lvl2

            What do you think @google-78ff87ad4b67ab07d579d43163b265c2:disqus @Erwin_Kempff:disqus Would a CoD with Mechs interest you?

          • umar bastra

            Lol one of em is going to falter. dammit, I’m hoping for a CoD article soon

          • Rince da Ref Lvl2

            Me too, I was thinking of hitting the internet with rumours that CoD Playschool Edition was going to be released alongside MW78:How your mumma loves it, and see what they would do :)

          • umar bastra

            HAHA, Don’t worry the temptation is to great not to crack a joke. They will join the dark side…soon,bwahahaha .. *cough cough*

          • Admiral Chief Erwin

            Mechs are cool

          • Rince da Ref Lvl2

            PS. Trevor, I may have to promote you to linesman in our attempt to break Deon and Erwin in talking about CoD this week ;)

          • Trevor Davies

            Some causes are worth fighting for :D

        • Rince da Ref Lvl2

          Whatever could you mean?

    • Brady miaau

      CueJulie Andrews here? These are a few o…

      When the dog bites

      When the bee stings

  • umar bastra

    …Short answer , Yes an no. But do people associate the name of the game or the company making the game with the game. So do people care about Respawn or Call of Duty. I don’t think enough people actually care about the company.If Respawn’s game comes out it will probably be a hit, until ghost arrives or BF 4, so I guess that this will make waves for Xbox, but the COD name is much stronger, and COD is on both consoles.

    • Trevor Davies

      and on the PC, Erwin’s machine of choice. I hear it may even be optimised for AMD soon. *innocent look*

    • Argentil

      I understand your point, but the names behind the studio will start up the hype machine. The game just needs to separate itself from Destiny to succeed. If I were to guess, I would imagine they would target a more hardcore dudebro demographic, while Destiny tries to court the everyman and his circle of friends.

  • OVG



    I called this one a year ago. Expect more of this shit. Alan Wake was Microsoft’s SWAN SONG because today’s gamers dont want Videogames anymore,

    they want SOCIAL MURDER SIMULATORS thanks to all those raging hormones.

    COD will still own its ass anyway.

    • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

      I guess that answers the question “But will OVG play with it!”

      Also, here you go:

      • OVG

        Thats it.. I am spending my next gen money on a Grumpy Cat.
        I am over the COD generation. I will wait until everybody gets bored, the industry crashes, and the nerds start making some KICK ASS games from their mothers basement and the entire circle starts again.


  • FoxOneZA – The Chosen One

    A leak has sprung!!!!

    The Xbox is the only console really worth playing a shooter on. I doubt PSN- will be able to handle an always online MMO. Who knows, always-on could be a game changer.

    • Martin du preez

      LOL dude! Stop making up shit. You seem to be engaged in a war of words about the Lordstation.. Is it the source of your turmoil?

      • FoxOneZA – The Chosen One


    • FoxHoundR

      The xhox is the only consle worth playing Call of Duty on. the new game by respawn is going to be best on XBOX NEXT.

  • Anon A Mouse

    “the game will be an always online massively multiplayer shooter.” ~ Microsoft can have it.

    • Argentil

      I imagine this game will be something like Battlefield 2142 with Planetside 2′s persistent world elements. What else can you do with an always online FPS? Multiplayer shooters are already just that, we’re just eliminating the single player component (which is usually the weakest facet anyway). It’s not a major leap in innovation, nor does it warrant the drama it’s kicking up.

      That said, why does this even justify an always online console? If you’re online, great, you can play the online games. If not, kewl, let’s play some single-player offline. If you’re online, you can have a real-time feed of the battlefield on your game hub, should you want it. If you’re offline, you don’t get it.

  • Trevor Davies

    This reminds me of something…

    • Gideon Venter


    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      lol, and in turn it made John Romero our bitch. Arguably one of the worst game releases in recent memory (last 20 years).

      • Skyblue

        Recent memory? 20 years spans almost the entire modern Gen after the 16 bit revolution. Also, although disappointed by the game, I still enjoyed some of the idea’s which even Bioshock incorporated, like the crazy surgeon.

        • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

          Hey, I’m old. 1992 is still like yesterday to me.

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