According to a report today from VG 24/7, Titanfall developer Respawn was worried about the titles unveiling at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in June after gamer reaction to leaks of the Xbox One exclusive wasn’t quite what they had hoped.
In an interview with AusGamers, Respawn community manager Abbie Heppe said the developer felt uneasy before the Titanfall E3 reveal because no one outside the studio had seen the game.
“I think we have a great window to do new IP right now, the timing is great, but before E3, we were sitting there, and nobody really outside the studio had seen the game,” Heppe said. “We were a little bit scared,” she said.
Things got scarier when the specs about Titanfall started to leak out.
“… I remember looking at the early comments, and people going, ‘They’re making a mech game? That sounds stupid; I don’t want that,’” Heppe said.
Heppe speculated the brash feedback likely gamers expecting Respawn to create a Call of Duty-like game, only in space, because much of the staff had followed Jason west and Vince Zampella out the doors of Infinity Ward.
But the leaks didn’t really show a lot of the parkour elements of the game, Heppe said, and commenters were posting things like, “Oh, this is going to be terrible.”
“To have that going into E3, when you’re trying to be excited and think, ‘I sure hope people like this because honestly we really don’t know,’ that was a little scary,” Heppe said. “So after that, it’s been really rewarding to see how people have grabbed onto it, because it was a little scary before that.”
Titanfall, which has since been praised thoroughly, hits shelves for the PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One in early 2014.