There was some confusion today about what new Titanfall information would be revealed at the game’s midnight launch event in Austin on Monday.
Speaking on Larry Hryb’s podcast, Major Nelson Radio, Senior Xbox Evangelist at Microsoft Jeff Rubenstein said that in addition to playing through maps we haven’t seen in the beta, the event, which will start at 11pm EST, will be “showcasing the future of Titanfall.”
“We don’t know what it is,” Hryb said. “They just came to us and said ‘we’re going to announce something.’”
Excited fans immediately took to Twitter, asking Respawn’s Vince Zampella what it means. “For those asking about the 'future of titanfall' announcement, I'm confused as to what that is,” Zampella said this morning. “We did not sell [Titanfall] to [Microsoft].”
An hour later, Zampella said that he talked to Geoff Keighley, and that it looks like the “‘future’ thing is just something fun. Not how I would have described it, but still fun.”
This week, Respawn confirmed that Titanfall would include a $25 season pass containing three packs, which include maps and "other content yet to be determined."
Whatever “the future of Titanfall” might refer to, you’ll be able to find out by watching Xbox’s Twitch channel, which will stream the event live.
For more on Titanfall, check out our previous coverage and GameSpot's interview with Zampella from our new show The Lobby below.
Electronic Arts CEO Andrew Wilson said that the publisher is thinking about what kind of virtual reality experiences it wants to deliver, but didn't say for sure if Oculus Rift maker Oculus VR would be the partner.
"The thing I challenge my team to [do] right now is, 'Listen, there's clearly a desire to add a modality of play to the three we're currently focused on,” Wilson said during a panel at the SXSW convention in Austin, Texas, Polygon reports.
According to Wilson, the three modalities are “lean back,” meaning the living room, console experience, “lean in,” meaning the PC, specifically real-time strategy and role-playing games, and “lean over,” as in leaning over your phone or other mobile devices.
Wilson said that when he looks at VR devices he sees a new kind of “get in” modality, which could be delivered through a headset like the Oculus Rift (or maybe Sony’s VR device), but also possibly with “some hologram that evolves out of your living room floor.”
Wilson said he doesn't know who the technology partner that will deliver that experience will be, but that he’s challenging his team to think about the “experiences that deliver on the promise and the fantasy of being inside a video game."
A veteran of EA Sports, Andrew Wilson was appointed CEO of EA back in September in 2013.
A post on the Kingdom Hearts Facebook page has invited fans of the series to fill out a survey that will help “shape the future of Kingdom Hearts.”
In addition to asking for you basic information and gaming habits, the survey delves deep into your thoughts about the Kingdom Hearts games. It asks what your first Kingdom Hearts game was, why you bought it, what you like about the franchise, which is your favorite, how difficult you think it is, how you’d describe it to a friend, whether you’re more of a Square Enix or Disney fan, and much more.
It also seems that Square Enix is using the survey to help shape future special editions and preorder bonuses. There are a fair amount of questions about which games you ordered, if you preordered for any particular bonus, and what kind of preorder bonuses you’d like to see in new Kingdom Hearts games, a key chain Key Blade, statue, Manga, and many other options.
The survey will be open until March 14, 11:59pm PST.
In January, Square Enix denied rumors that Kingdom Hearts III and Final Fantasy XV are coming out later this year, and given the early look we had at Kingdom Hearts III last year, it seems highly unlikely that the game has any chance of coming out before 2015.