Titanfall will not be released on a PlayStation console, says EA, ruling out any notion of it being merely a timed exclusive for Xbox.
This was cemented by EA's Blake Jorgensen today when, during the firm's FYQ2 earnings call, he definitively stated that Respawn Entertainment's anticipated shooter will be exclusive "for the life of the title" to Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC.
However, the extent of the exclusivity deal was a surprise to Respawn co-founder Vince Zampella. On Twitter, the exec said the partnership with Microsoft was always planned for the console's launch, and that "EA 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
Zampella has pledged his studio will make games on PS4 in the future.
EA Labels president Frank Gibeau has said previously that the Xbox exclusivity deal for Titanfall is a "tactical opportunity" for the publisher.
"There are tactical opportunities from time to time on a title or on a service component that we do enter into a relationship with one or two of the first parties on that particular opportunity and we'll execute on it," said Gibeau.
"Titanfall is an example of that. It's a product that came in through our EA Partners group, it's a partnership with Respawn, and there was an opportunity for Microsoft, EA and Respawn to create a tactical opportunity to make Titanfall exclusive to Microsoft," he added.
EA has confirmed a Titanfall release date of March 11, 2014 in North America and March 13 in Europe.
The publisher also confirmed on Tuesday that a premium $249.99 Collector's Edition will be released alongside the standard edition of the Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC shooter.