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Microsoft-exclusive blockbuster game Titanfall may be Apple-bound, as developer explores Mac port

Newly released shooter "Titanfall," a title upon which Microsoft is pinning big hopes for its new Xbox One gaming console, may not stay exclusive to Microsoft platforms, as the developer behind the game is considering a Mac version as well.




Vince Zampella, co-founder of Respawn Entertainment, was asked this week on Twitter if there's any possibility of Titanfall being ported to Apple's OS X platform. In response, he revealed that Respawn is currently in talks with publisher Aspyr, a company that specializes in porting Windows games to Mac.

The comments from Zampella would seem to signal that Microsoft's exclusivity agreement for Titanfall only covers consoles, and does not extend to Windows as well. Titanfall is out now for Windows PCs, Xbox One, and is coming later this month to Xbox 360, but it will not be available for rival consoles Sony PlayStation 4 or Nintendo Wii U.

With its release this week, some critics have been hailing Titanfall as the first true "system seller" for Microsoft's fledgling Xbox One, which represents the company's third-generation living room gaming console.

Zampella and Jason West were formerly in charge of Infinity Ward, which is responsible for the "Call of Duty" franchise. Call of Duty achieved new heights with the launch of "Modern Warfare," but a few years later Zampella and West had a falling out with publisher Activision, which led them to found Respawn and form an alliance with rival publisher Electronic Arts.

EA's digital games storefront, dubbed Origin, debuted on the Mac last February. Major publishers like EA, Activision and others have taken Apple's notebooks and desktops increasingly seriously as they have continued to chip away at the dominant market share of Microsoft Windows.

Major titles are also available for purchase on Valve's Steam for Mac, including "Half-Life 2," "Portal 2," and "Counter-Strike: Global Offensive."