Well, we called it back when Activision leapt onto the stage with Sony at the PS4 presser. This morning's burblings from the rumour mill suggest that EA and Respawn Entertainment's upcoming shooter might well be coming exclusively to the Xbox 360 and its as-yet unannounced successor.
Kotaku reports that Resp.awn's debut will release on Xbox 360 and Durango, and will not be gracing the rival consoles of Sony and Nintendo. Moreover, it will be a multiplayer shooter that requires a permanent internet connection...
According to "two unrelated sources familiar with the game", that is.
Here's a blurb from the report:
"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."
The number of Titans per match will be limited for the sake of balance, and Respawn filed a trademark for the "Titan" name earlier this month.
Elsewhere in the report, it's alleged that the game has been constructed using a modified version of the Source engine, and thus doesn't quite sparkle as much as Battlefield 4. The game will apparently support up to sixteen players, but the developers are also apparently going to be slipping AI drones into the action to make things a more frenetic. Additionally, Respawn themselves are only beavering away on the Durango version, according to the sources. The Xbox 360 will be farmed out to a different studio.
Perhaps most curious, however, is the suggestion towards the end of the report that Microsoft "is as much as six months behind in producing content for the new console, despite an expected late-2013 launch" and that the company has been "aggressively trying to sign exclusive games for Durango". Given Microsoft's incredibly poor history at nurturing in-house talent (compared to Nintendo and Sony), and their predilection for contract-based exclusives, it's unsurprising.
Frankly, the now-confirmed May 21st presser appears to have been so rushed that we wouldn't be surprised if it takes place in a village hall with cardboard cut-out props.
Actually that might be better than Ballmer mincing about a super shiny stage and talking at length about very little.