Xbox Live Crash Mars Titanfall’s Xbox One Release

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When Xbox Live goes down on the same day as Titanfall’s release, it’s an easy assumption to make that the surge of gamers playing the first-person shooter is to blame. But Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) says the crash was an unrelated issue.

Titanfall was one of the most anticipated releases for the new Xbox One gaming console. Many players play this and other games on the Xbox Live platform, an online gaming network where players can complete virtually all over the world.

On Tuesday, players lost that opportunity to give it a try with the new Titanfall game when a server problem brought down the system for about six hours. Some users were reporting login issues the next day, as well. As of Thursday, Xbox Live and all of its apps for Xbox One and Xbox360 are up and running.

While Microsoft made it clear that the game played no part in the server issue that prevented Xbox Live users from accessing the service, Titanfall fans suffered because the game is an online multiplayer game. It cannot be played without the connection to Xbox Live. A crash the night of the release garnered negative commentary from some in the media.

Sean Hollister at The Verge had particularly strong comments about the outage, calling it the worst time for Xbox Live to crash and how disappointing it would be to players. “But now, as prospective US players return home from work to play the Xbox One’s killer app, many are finding themselves unable to sign into their consoles and actually play the game,” he wrote.

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