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Titanfall's robots created through 'old school techniques' and '80s influences

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While crafting Titanfall, Respawn Entertainment's upcoming multiplayer first-person shooter, developers used a few "old school techniques" to make the game come alive, lead artist Joel Emslie said during an interview with EA Vision.

Titanfall is set in a world where players suit up in giant robots known as Titans. In the interview, which you can watch above, Emslie addresses the team's early struggles and their vision.

"When we first got to Respawn, we didn't have all the computers we needed," Emslie said. "Some of the artists, myself included, went back to some old school techniques... including kitbashing and practical model making."

Emslie added that the game's robots were influenced by ‘80s classics such as Blade Runner, Star Wars and early Sega title Abrams Battle Tank.

"We want the titans to feel analog and grounded, genuine, like a real next-generation or further generation evolved version of an Abrams Battle Tank," Emslie said. "If you look at some of the designs we have, you can see some of those details that we've been inspired from by Abrams."

Titanfall was officially announced earlier this month during Microsoft's Xbox E3 2013 press conference. The game is slated to launch Spring 2014 for Xbox 360, Xbox One and Windows PC. For more details, check out our in-depth look at Titanfall from E3 2013.