It’s been a busy time for Respawn Entertainment. The Titanfall developer has been working on an update for its multiplayer first-person shooter, bringing with it a Black Market and in-game currency. Not only that, but Respawn Entertainment has also had the upcoming Frontier’s Edge DLC map pack to work on, with both that and the update set to be released at the end of the month.
Despite this, it seems as though a whopping five game updates and two DLC map packs since Titanfall’s launch in March is not enough for the developer. Respawn Entertainment has already committed to a sequel for the mech-based shooter, with EA signed on to publish. However, Titanfall 2 may well be a little different from its predecessor.
According to Respawn Entertainment’s careers page, the company is looking for a senior animator, a senior character artist, and a senior systems designer. All of this points towards a new game on the horizon. There’s one thing that makes these job listings interesting, however: the roles all request “experience working on 3rd person action/exploration games.”
Not only that, but the Senior Systems Designer role is aiming at creating “hero control/mechanics, enemy design, AI behaviours, combat/weapons, class design, skills/progression, story, and boss encounters.” This all sounds very different from the fast-paced, quick-killing multiplayer mech world of Titanfall. An emphasis on story creation — not to mention boss encounters and character progression — all points towards more of an action-RPG title. If this potential new Respawn Entertainment title is indeed third-person, could we see a third-person, exploration-based Titanfall?
It’s not the only hint at a third-person title on the horizon. Respawn Entertainment has already called on the knowledge of Stig Asmussen, who they hired in June. Asmussen is better known for his work with the God of War series, so there is always the chance that he has been brought in to bring some of his third-person, narrative-driven expertise to a new game.
There’s certainly scope for the world of Titanfall to be explored further — narrative in the shooter is limited and a deeper look at the story could be an enticing prospect. It’s caused a quandary for the developers themselves, too, with Respawn Entertainment COO Dusty Welch refusing to rule out a single-player campaign for Titanfall 2.
That said, there does seem to be reluctance from the developers to tie themselves to a single-player experience. Respawn Entertainment founder Vince Zampella has said that a stronger single-player campaign would feel like a “step backwards” and he would rather focus on the future of multiplayer. It would also be a huge leap to go from a multiplayer-focused, first-person shooter to a third-person, immersive, single-player campaign.
There’s definitely something happening, and given the potential hirings on the horizon, all signs point to a third-person, story-driven title. Whether that will be based in the world of Titanfall or an entirely new IP remains to be seen. We’ll keep our eyes peeled for more on the matter.