Respawn responds to claims it bribed journalists

Respawn has had a lot of press recently, covering the upcoming release and beta of its first game, Titanfall. It's gotten so much press in-fact, with so much hype, that it made us wonder whether it could ever live up to it.

But while we questioned if the game itself could be worthy of all the praise that was being heaped on it, others took it a step further and accused Respawn of actively buying positive press. That sort of accusation not only throws Respawn in a potentially negative light, but the game itself and the very journalists who's careers rest on their opinions being honest.

It got to the point where producer on the game, Drew McCoy went to NeoGAF to respond about how insulting the idea was:

"Anyone who thinks we weren’t living in the shadow of decade+ old established franchises at our reveal at E3 are as crazy as their conspiracy theories of anyone getting paid off. We’ve had to fight tooth and nail to have a game that anyone would even know existed, let alone be excited for and want to create coverage of. I get it that its not for everyone, but to say we’re paying anyone off is downright insanity. Not to mention the height of insulting."

While you could argue that a pedigree like the one Respawn (and Infinity Ward) founders Vince Zampella and Jason West have, means that their uphill struggle for notification wasn't going to be anywhere near to that of your average indie developer, it's fair to say that this game hasn't had much in the way of preferential treatment, it's just the usual super-hype surrounding a franchise that snowballs when there isn't much to go on.

The press is fuelled by hype and speculation, so when a game that's exciting takes a long time for people to get their hands on it but maintains its popularity, it's going to be talked about in the press. It fuels discussion, fuels ad views and clicks and yes, it keeps the game in the public eye. But that's not Respawn's fault, that's the industry.

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Titanfall beta player

They spent a lot of effort on the multiplayer aspect of the game, you can tell. It is very fluid, the balance on infantry versus titans is as close to perfect as i se it geting, well in the beta at least. EA are the assholes that threatened this IP by going behind respawns back and giving exclusivity to microsoft. Here is to hoping Respawn leaves EA for a new publisher in the future, being that after this game is released their names will be rock solid.

My 17 yr old niece took over

My 17 yr old niece took over my brothers X1, I ended the Beta with a 3.8 k/d ratio, she was close to that, I spent time with Primagames and won collectors edition guide from them. Map creator of Titanfall came in and was great, I didn't hear any complaint from anyone who played it and being a beta, that alone says a lot imo. And that's coming from ppl who have every console, computer, and game. no bias.

umm

do people really play the single player in multi player games still? just wandering cause I still aint played the single player in lag ops 1-2-ghosts ,modern war 3 ,halo 3-odst-4 or crisis 2-3 but I did play fc3 and border lands 2 but those are totally different beasts just saying every one always trolls about single player so why bother with it at all? just saying if that's your cup tea then what ever. but the game can stand on its own if you play it , I don't tend to agree with mj but this time the dude got a point play the game before you make a judgment on it. cause it is fun ass hell . lol or if all you were interested in was pirating the single player sux for you guess your asses out

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