One of the most anticipated new games coming to the Xbox One is Titanfall, but those eyeing the PlayStation 4 assuming the game will eventually come to Sony's next-gen console as well are in for a surprise. VentureBeat reports that Blake Jorgensen, chief financial officer of Electronic Arts, said today that the game is an Xbox console exclusive in perpetuity. "In the case of Titanfall, it's a brand new [intellectual property], and it's exclusive only — through the life of the title — for Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC," he said.
While it had been known that the game was an Xbox exclusive, games are often given timed exclusives — locked to a given platform for a window before being released on different platforms — and it appears that had originally been the situation here as well. Vince Zampella, co-founder of Titanfall game studio Respawn Entertainment, took to Twitter to explain that the initial deal had been for launch exclusivity only, but that publisher Electronic Arts had subsequently "made a deal for the rest."
Always MS exclusive at launch, great partner and focus is good for a startup. EA made a deal for the rest, we only found out recently =(— Vince Zampella (@VinceZampella) October 29, 2013
As the launch of both next-gen consoles nears, Microsoft has been leaning heavily on Titanfall to emphasize the Xbox One's appeal as a gaming machine, featuring the title prominently in its new launch ad. While the news is undoubtedly disappointing for prospective PS4 owners, there are some faint rays of hope: Zampella stated on Twitter that the exclusivity deal is for the first Titanfall game only, meaning future franchise entries could come to both consoles. In the meantime, Titanfall will be released in North America on March 11th, 2014.