Titanfall Producer Hits Back At Bribery Accusations

Written by Stuart Thomas on Fri, Feb 21, 2014 6:00 PM
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Accusations of review bribery are common in the games industry, especially when a game’s die-hard fans have opinions wildly different to the majority of reviewers. There are many reasons why this might be. Perhaps the reviewer has different taste, maybe they had to play 3 other totally crappy games that week and so the last one shone bright in comparison, perhaps they really are a shady character who hangs out in dark alleyways close to E3 in a black trenchcoat, waiting for CoD-branded briefcases.

It turns out Titanfall producer Drew McCoy isn’t a big fan of these accusations, however. He took to popular game discussion site NeoGaf last night to complain about persistent rumours of bribery surrounding Titanfall...

“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,” McCoy said. “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.”

We’re not convinced anyone is going to buy the idea that Respawn “had to fight tooth and nail to have a game that anyone would even know existed”. Let’s be honest, the reason Titanfall is generating so much hype is because, with Xbox One flagging behind PS4 in sales, Microsoft want to push their big exclusive as hard and repeatedly as they possibly can. Most developers fighting for a toe into the outrageously competitive gaming market would give their right arms for the kind of money, marketing campaigns and backing Titanfall is getting from both EA and Microsoft. But, nonetheless, we get that it must be frustrating to be accused of bribery just because your game is not universally loved by anyone who tries it.

Having played and enjoyed the PC version of the Titanfall beta here at GD, we have to say we thought it was pretty decent, even if we’re not exactly in a hurry to run out into the streets proclaiming it as revolutionary and genre-changing. Maybe that’s partly why we are yet to receive our solid gold Titan statue and Big Bag Of Cash.

However, we can kind of see McCoy’s point. what’s especially odd about this particular run of bribery accusations is that the beta we played was an open beta. Literally thousands of regular, unaffiliated users have played the game, so much of the coverage about the game on the internet over the past few weeks has been from your average gamer. If you want to be a developer who doesn’t get accused of paying for good reviews, letting basically everyone play your beta before you release the game is basically being as transparent as you can.

The lesson to be learned from this is possibly just that Drew McCoy should spend a little less time reading conspiracy theories on the internet.

Did you participate in the Titanfall beta? Did you think it was a great game, or just another shooter that isn’t worth the hype?

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02:47 Feb-23-2014

I participated in the beta, recorded gameplays, pretty sure it was really great. The experience was great, the game itself is, somewhat, friendly for casual shooter players as well. Almost like no recoil in guns is one, but that's not the case. The point is that the accusations of bribery by other people are pure B.S.

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08:18 Feb-23-2014

I absolutely enjoyed the beta so much, no the no recoil is a plus for me, makes the game casual like you said and easy for new comers but still challenging enough to be the best.
Totally going to get this, I enjoyed the beta more than the whole BF4 game =/

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14:36 Feb-23-2014

I could play Unfair Marion and have more enjoyment than playing BF4. No shame in not having fun playing BF4

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18:05 Feb-23-2014

I loved BF4! until it was just broken, I still have hope though a few years down the line when they fix half the issues xD, I will play it again when mantel is released =)

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04:21 Feb-22-2014

I really wish I had gotten to try the beta

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11:09 Feb-22-2014

it was amazing!

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11:16 Feb-22-2014

D:

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03:06 Feb-22-2014

I thought the game was pretty top notch. Combining elements of the stale FPS with the strong and relatively fresh elements of parkour and mech warriors. Have never played a game like that before. Also it ran smoother in beta then Battlefield 4 does four months after release! And in the beta we only saw a fraction of the games true potential. It's just at taste. They're are other titans + maps to unleash them on yet to come. I'm looking forward to the agile titan. He looks sneaky. :)

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21:49 Feb-21-2014

I think it was a great game. But I would say it's worth $40... it's not a complete title and only offers multiplayer. Although many people throw single player to the side immediately it's part of what they bought when they purchased a $60 game. On a studio level I think that they were better off going non exclusive and selling titanfall on all platforms for $39.99. Just sayin

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22:10 Feb-21-2014

Don't agree on the all platforms bit. Maybe next-gen only, but certainly not all 5 platforms. I'd rather have a Microsoft exclusive than a terrible port.

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22:47 Feb-21-2014

No singleplayer is a bad thing? Maybe they wanted to focus their budget and talent on multiplayer rather than make a terrible campaign? Maybe they didn't feel the game was suited to singleplayer? Hey Bioware, when you make KoTOR 3, could you put a multiplayer mode in it? The dev are allowed to do what they want, if they feel that a singleplayer mode is a waste of effort, then that's their prerogative. Considering how recent FPS campaigns have been, I am very happy that they didn't put one into Titanfall.

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06:15 Feb-22-2014

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think Titanfall will have multiplayer campaign, it's not exactly SP but at least it follows a story

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06:40 Feb-22-2014

I believe that it's going to be like the BF4 singleplayer; minimal and it's only use is to prepare the player for what they will experience in multiplayer.

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16:47 Feb-22-2014

Will it? That actually sounds kinda cool.

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23:29 Feb-23-2014

I'm pretty sure it will have one, but you can only play the campaign with other people, you can't play it by yourself.

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01:46 Feb-24-2014

Yeah, if it's a multiplayer campaign that will be nice. It'll be interesting to see what they do with it, if they find a way to do a PvP campaign, that would be awesome.

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21:14 Feb-21-2014

All the reviews i have seen (totalbiscuit, angry joe etc) have given unbiased reviews, These bribe accusations seem like some loners just whining on the internet.

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20:27 Feb-21-2014

well as the writer said they had an open beta. and a damn good one. although i didnt get THAT excited by the game i didnt face any bugs or anything. everyone can create an opinion of his own by playing the game himself. it was like a demo. not many maps or many modes and weapons etc but it gave you an idea of the basic gameplay. so who needs reviews..

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19:19 Feb-21-2014

I participated in the beta and also wrote a blog about it here on GD. To me, it's a great game and I'm gonna buy it as soon as there is a price cut. About conspiracy theories, I really don't care. Haven't read any reviews. The best reviewer for me was myself, as I was able to play the game.

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18:33 Feb-21-2014

I thought it was just another shooter not worth the hype. The gameplay should have been massively different when in a Titan and when on foot. But its exactly the same except for the huge jumps you can take as a pilot. Its sad really. It has so much promise.

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19:07 Feb-21-2014

I thought it was really fun, but for $60 the multiplayer just isn't enough, I wouldn't say it's a system seller either.

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20:26 Feb-21-2014

it is only 50$ as far as I recall.

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18:27 Feb-21-2014

This game is amazing, but what I think makes this game is the small things, like being able to reload during sprinting and running, and being able to hang from walls(yes I actually tried that!). The wallrunning, jumping and double-jumping i

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18:28 Feb-21-2014

s nice to have though as an aggressive player

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