During a Q&A posted by Major Nelson, Respawn Entertainment’s community manager, Abbie Heppe, has confirmed that the Titanfall developer is open to the idea of the eSports community and competitive play in a tournament setting for its sci-fi shooter with mechs.
In answering a question regarding support for competitive play in tournaments, Heppe admitted that competitive play isn’t the primary focus of Titanfall’s development, but the company has received a “TON of interest” from the eSports community overall, and Respawn is open to feedback on the matter.
“That really hasn’t been our focus,” Heppe began. “Our focus has been to get a really solid foundation out. A game that is really fun, that will attract players, and keep them playing for a really long time. That said, we have a TON of interest from the e-sports community, and I know we’re not going to be shipping with all the features that they’re going to be wanting in the game, but we’re in our first iteration.
A lot of the games that have developed good e-sports features and the competitive community are ones that multiple iterations to get that done and to build in those things. So while that couldn’t be a priority for us here, we’re definitely listening to all of the feedback. We’re interested in what competitive players think when the game ships, and it’s definitely something we’ll look into, but not something that’s been our primary focus.”
Titanfall recently went into Open Beta as a stress test on the game. What’s more, Titanfall is touted to change the rules of traditional First Person Shooters, and a Titanfall fan has themed their Xbox One around the game and customized it accordingly.