Sometimes you get lucky and walk away with a game earlier than the publisher expected. The question is whether or not you ought to be playing that title online before anyone else these days, and sharing the fact! In the case of Titanfall, you needn't fret: Respawn won't block or lay the ban hammer on anyone who manages to get a head start playing the game ahead of its official launch next Tuesday (on Xbox One and PC).
To be sure, Respawn can't quite guarantee the "prelaunch" experience will be 100 percent until then. Respawn cofounder Vince Zampella tweets that interruptions may occur as servers are prepped for day one.
Major industry players have typically taken issue with retailers breaking the street date of games for various reasons, but more troubling is how gamers themselves often get punished in the process. Companies in the past have rewarded players for "prerelease title play" with certain games ahead of official launch by banning their consoles, for example. To be sure, the more spectacular cases typically involved pirated versions of software.
Now you'd be lucky indeed if you managed to run home with one of these sometime this weekend.