Microsoft’s Console-Making ‘Titanfall’ May Soon Be Coming to Mac
Earlier this week, Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) released Titanfall, the new video game that the company is hoping will help sell its Xbox One consoles. Now the developer behind the game, Respawn Entertainment, has said the company is in talks to create a version of Titanfall that will be compatible with Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) products as well.
Respawn founder Vince Zampella said on Twitter that Respawn is in talks with Aspyr, a company that specializes in making Mac-compatible versions of Windows games, to make Titanfall easily available to Apple users.
A report from Apple Insider says that this means Microsoft’s exclusivity agreement with Respawn only covers consoles. The game was released on Tuesday for Xbox One and Windows, and an Xbox 360 version will become available later this month. Xbox is the only console on which the game will be available and Microsoft is hoping that Titanfall will be a console-making title like Halo was for the original Xbox.
Apple Insider said that Zampella used to work for the developer Infinity Ward, which was behind the popular Call of Duty titles. Infinity Ward ended up having a falling out with publisher Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI), so Zampella and his partner Jason West formed Respawn and partnered with rival publisher Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:EA). Electronic Arts runs a game store on Mac called Origin. Most major publishers have begun taking Apple’s products more seriously as they gain market share from Microsoft and other PC-makers.
Microsoft needs Titanfall to be a success, as the Xbox One is $100 more expensive than the competing PlayStation 4 from Sony (NYSE:SNE), and has fallen behind in sales. Both consoles were released a week apart back in November. The most recent figures show that Sony has sold more than six million PlayStation 4 gaming systems less than four months after the product’s American launch and barely a week after its Japanese launch.