A tipster with a fairly solid track record has suggested that Titanfall is up and running on PlayStation 4 and is about to go multiplatform.
The exact nature of EA’s deal with Microsoft is somewhat of a mystery and even took Respawn by surprise, they found out about the deal late into production. I would expect that Respawn had at least started on a PS4 version before the exclusivity deal was in place so there is no reason why they could not continue development on that build.
However, Microsoft paid for exclusivity, and no doubt paid a very large amount of money for it, so how could the game come to PlayStation 4? I doubt they would got for a timed exclusive with a game this big so what other option could there be?
EA want to make money, that is a fact, and they would only agree to an exclusivity deal if the lump sum from Microsoft plus sales of the game on the Xbox consoles would at least equal the sums of cash generated if the game was multiplatform. Xbox One is now trailing behind PlayStation 4 by roughly two million units and sales of Titanfall have been great, but not fantastic.
Now this is pure speculation on my part, but if I were EA I would have had a clause built in to exclusivity contract which states that at least X amount of units must be sold on the Xbox formats to guarantee a profit on the game. If that number is not reached, EA would be able to activate the clause which allows them to release the game six months later on PlayStation, perhaps at the expense of paying back some of the Microsoft money.
That way if the Xbox sales don’t add up, EA can still make a profit, it’s a win-win situation for the company. Microsoft would have a hard time disagreeing to such a clause because they want to appear to be the best selling console. If they did not agree to the clause then it would have suggested they were uncertain about the sales of Xbox One and EA would have chucked the deal in the bin.
As I said, that is complete speculation on my part but if I were broking the deal, that’s what I would have done.
“Sony also used it’s own metrics in a meeting with EA last week and showed them what they would have sold on the PS3 and PS4,” said another noted tipster last month. “The money EA took from MS doesn’t even begin to cover it. The EA guys went over the math and agreed.”
Titanfall is almost certainly up and running on PlayStation 4, whether or not it gets released will be a matter for the lawyers and accountants.