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Respawn's new game is next-gen Xbox-exclusive, claims report

EA strikes exclusivity deal with MS for former Call of Duty makers' debut title, say sources

The much anticipated debut game from Respawn Entertainment - the developer founded by the former bosses of Call of Duty studio Infinity Ward - will be a next-gen Xbox exclusive.

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That's according to Kotaku, who cites 'two unrelated sources familiar with the game' as claiming that Resawn's publisher EA has struck a deal with Microsoft for Xbox-exclusivity of the new game.

This backs up a CVG report in February, for which we were tipped of a major deal between EA and Microsoft to be announced at the next-gen Xbox reveal event. One of our sources suggested that Respawn Entertainment will make a surprise appearance at the event.

Microsoft will reveal its next-gen Xbox at a special event on May 21.

Kotaku says that Respawn's yet-to-be-revealed game is a "futuristic multiplayer-centric online shooter", described as a 'battle of Davids and Goliaths' and, crucially, will be always-online.

According to the report, "The Davids are heavily-armed foot soldiers. The Goliaths are the giant exosekeltons-Titans-that these soldiers can pilot. These Titans are big mech-style walkers that move with an agility not seen in games like Mechwarrior or Steel Battalions."

It adds, "To keep the action balanced, game maps limit the number of Titans that can be used in a skirmish. Weapon loadouts for the foot soldiers are designed to ensure that the characters on foot can take out the Titans if need be."

The game, it claims, is also in development for the current-generation Xbox 360, but due to the EA/Microsoft deal, will not be coming to Sony or Nintendo platforms.

In response to the report, Microsoft has said it doesn't comment on rumours and speculation.

Respawn Entertainment recently filed an application for the game trademark "Titan", possibly indicating the name of its debut game.

The studio has pledged to make an appearance at E3 2013 in Los Angeles in June, but one of the sources suggests it won't be offered in playable form until next year.

Respawn has been working on the top secret project since its formation in 2010, to be published by EA. While nothing more than the blurry teaser image pictured has been revealed, EA Games president Frank Gibeau has previously hinted that the game is a sci-fi shooter that will compete with the likes of Halo and Gears of War.

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