Respawn Entertainment's long-in-development science fiction project is a multiplayer-centric, always-online shooter with mechs, according to multiple Kotaku sources. It's also said to be an Xbox 360 and next generation Xbox exclusive, echoing a CVG rumour to that effect. A mighty blow struck for the boys and girls in Redmond, possibly.
"The source describes the game as a battle of Davids and Goliaths," reads the report. "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.
"To keep the action balanced, game maps limit the number of Titans that can be used in a skirmish. Weapon loadouts for the foot soldiers are designed to ensure that the characters on foot can take out the Titans if need be. The source who described the game does not work at Respawn, but their description tracks with the long-reported desire by the former Infinity Ward team to make a sci-fi shooter."
Respawn recently trademarked "Titan", "Titanfall", "Machine", "Redeye" and "Fracture" in reference to videogame software - the terminology certainly suits a game built around honking great robots, doesn't it? The new shooter allegedly runs on Valve's Source Engine, supports 16 player matches, and features a faction system whereby personal progress feeds into the overall balance of power.
While there's no traditional, linear single player component, it's possible you'll be able to play it against bots, who will also appear during skirmishes with other players. As for release dates, the game will be "playable" if not shippable by next year at the earliest. Respawn isn't working on the Xbox 360 version, we're told.
The studio isn't commenting on all this, naturally. "If you don't follow Respawn on Twitter I just want to let you know we're aware of all the speculation from today but you're going to have to wait till E3 for details," reads a post on the developer's forums. "We're really excited to share what we've been working on with you and that is all I can say for now!"
Like the sound of it? And can you make out any mech-esque shapes in Respawn's teaser image, above? This strictly non-specific concept artwork gallery from Respawn artist Matt Codd may have more to offer. Here's a list of confirmed next generation Xbox games.