The Titanfall PS4 port was apparently cancelled due to Electronic Arts executives assuming the PlayStation 4 would lose the console war to the Xbox One. Oops?
In a related report by The Inquisitr, Microsoft is really pushing the Titanfall Xbox One bundle set to release on March 11. The ironic part is that Sony responded by offering a PlayStation 4 Infamous: Season Son bundle and it’s apparently outselling the Xbone bundle over at GameStop. What makes this news so notable is that the PS4 bundle costs $570, which means you’re not really saving any money even if you include the cost of the game, the extra PS4 controller, and the PlayStation Plus subscription. Of course, buying a PlayStation 4 bundle might be the only gamers are able to find a PS4 in stock since the going rate on Amazon for just the console seems to be $500.
The $500 price point is also assumed to be the main reason many gamers are choosing the PlayStation 4 over the Xbox One. Way before both systems launched some experts even believed Microsoft might try and sell the system for $400 or even $350, but instead they chose to pick the $500 price point because the cost to manufacture the system just happens to be slightly less than $500.
This decision isn’t just affecting Microsoft, it’s also costing EA millions because of their decision to make Titanfall a Xbox One exclusive. Electronic Arts CFO Blake Jorgensen once commented on the the lack of a PS4 Titanfall port:
“That’s a process that’s been done through the industry for many years. There are lots of single-platform titles. Obviously, you work with the first-parties to make sure the economics make sense for all sides, and we made that decision on Titanfall. We’re trying to make sure that we’ve developed a great relationship with them. We helped them on marketing, we helped them on development where they need it. And we try to maintain a strong partnership with them over time.”
But as PlayStation 4 sales figures continue to outpace the Xbox One EA must be considering the impact this will have on the game sales. We do know a Titanfall PlayStation 4 version was in the works at one time because the files for the PC version contains references to the PS4. Even though EA hasn’t said anything to this effect, some analysts believe a Titanfall PS4 port may still be in the works but won’t be announced for at least six months to a year in order to not Titan-stomp on Microsoft’s toes.
For example, Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter was asked about Titanfall 2 being a Xbox One exclusive and his answer was revealing:
“I think this might be the last exclusive you see for a long long time that’s third party. I think [EA], had they known at the time when they made they made the decision to go exclusive Xbox, had they known that the Xbox One was going to be $100 more than the PS4 I think they wouldn’t have done it. I think that they believe that Microsoft was going to kick Sony’s butt this cycle. I am quoting John Riccitiello (former EA CEO) back in 2012 who told me that he thought that Microsoft was going to eat Sony’s lunch the next cycle. But we all thought so because we thought that Xbox 360 had a large, loyal install base and multiplayer and we thought that Sony would price [the PS4] about the same as the Xbox, but we didn’t think Xbox One would be $500…. They made a mistake and they priced too high and I think that caught everybody by surprise. So I haven’t talked to John Riccitiello about this since, but it’s pretty clear that at a $100 price advantage Sony is going to beat out Xbox until the price is the same.”
Of course, back before both consoles launched, Jorgenson once said, “[Titanfall is] exclusive only, for the life of the title, on Xbox One, and Xbox 360, and PC.” In the same time frame, Vince Zampella also said similar:
@AdanGarciaG Of course we will, just not the first Titanfall.
— Vince Zampella (@VinceZampella) October 29, 2013
But the business of gaming is all about making money so some believe a port is still possible. The situation is often compared to how Mass Effect by Bioware was originally a Xbox 360 exclusive but then it was eventually ported to the PS3 as part of the Mass Effect trilogy.
Do you think a Titanfall PS4 port is likely or will EA give PlayStation 4 fans the shaft?