Xbox 360 owners will have to wait a little longer to play Respawn’s “Titanfall” Expedition DLC and to gain access to free updates, developer said on the game’s official website Friday. The downloadable content for Expedition will launch on the Xbox One and the PC later this month but won't reach the Xbox 360 until June.
“Updates for the Xbox 360 will naturally follow behind similar updates for the PC and Xbox One," the developers said. "This timing difference is due to the same reasons that more time was needed to finish ‘Titanfall’ for the Xbox 360.
“Respawn must first finish their additions and improvements for the Xbox One and PC, and afterwards Bluepoint can then grab the latest and update the Xbox 360 version. We’re working with Respawn and Bluepoint to streamline the process and close the gap, allowing Xbox 360 updates to be published as closely as possible to Respawn’s updates.”
Respawn Entertainment, based in Los Angeles, launched "Titanfall" on March 11 for the PC and Xbox One. The title was supposed to come to the Xbox 360 on that same date, but it was postponed to April 8 in North America and to April 11 in Europe.
Patrick Soderlund, executive vice president of EA Studios, said on the publisher's blog in mid-March that while the game is "fantastic,” the user experience could be improved for the Xbox 360.
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“We see a few things that can be made even better, so we’re giving Bluepoint a little more time to do just that and deliver an epic ‘Titanfall’ experience for Xbox 360 players," Soderlund said. "The game will feature the same 6v6 gameplay, maps, modes, weapons and Burn Cards as the Xbox One and PC versions of the game.”
Bluepoint, an independent video game developer based in Austin, Texas has been working in conjunction with the publisher, Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:EA), on the game. Microsoft announced in early February that “Titanfall” would have a later launch date for its Xbox 360 console. Some critics at the time saw this as a marketing tactic by Microsoft to move more Xbox Ones off the shelf, but the company said it was the developer's decision to originally delay the release of "Titanfall" to March 25.
"I think we struck the right balance -- it was Respawn, really, and the developer who struck the balance -- which is, it will play great on Xbox 360," Microsoft Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer Yusuf Mehdi told Polygon in an interview in March at the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin.
“Right now the Bluepoint team is bringing over changes included in the Xbox One’s Content Update 2 while also working on the Expedition DLC,” Respawn promised. “We asked them to split the CU2 into two parts, which includes the update to the Gooser challenge that recently went live, with the rest of the changes becoming available soon.”
The developer also confirmed Bluepoint was working to continue support on the Xbox 360 version, which will include free updates, further enhancements to private matches and more DLC.
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