Details hit the web today via Kotaku about Respawn’s next-gen shooter, said to be an always-online asymmetrical multiplayer shooter. The studio, headed by former Infinity Ward studio chief Vince Zampella, has apparently signed an exclusive deal to produce the game solely for the new Xbox platform, codenamed Durango.
The new game from Respawn is a futuristic multiplayer-centric online shooter, one of our sources says. The source describes the game as a battle of Davids and Goliaths. 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.
Seeing as how Zampella was one of the big guns behind Call of Duty, this is a game worth paying attention to. As noted in the story, the details behind this new title also point to the Durango requiring an internet connection to function. While this may segment the market for the new system given the fact that broadband in North America hasn’t nearly reached the level of penetration that nations like South Korea enjoy, it does give Microsoft a way to help regulate piracy. Given the issues that have arisen with games like Sim City requiring an online connection to function, it’ll be interesting to see how this new console generation plays out.