Released at the beginning of 2014, Titanfall was the first game from Respawn Entertainment, the team founded by Call of Duty developers Jason West and Vince Zampella. The game’s reviews were mostly positive, with critics saying that the gameplay, which let players control human ‘pilots’ and their giant ‘Titan’ mechs, was a great blend between fast-paced, CoD-like action and futuristic gameplay elements. However, some reviewers were unhappy with its lack of a campaign mode, as it meant that if Titanfall players were offline, they would be left with very little to do.
But despite Titanfall‘s critical success, it is widely believed that the game did not live up to sales expectations. The game has been available for over a year and publisher EA still hasn’t released any sales numbers of their own and NPD’s numbers only include Titanfall‘s first few weeks on sale. If the game’s sales were poor, this would be disappointing for Microsoft, as they were counting on it to help sell units of the Xbox One.
Nonetheless, EA still believes in the franchise enough to have greenlit a sequel. Earlier this year Zampella confirmed that Titanfall 2 is on the way and that it would be released on PC, PS4 and Xbox One. Bad news for those on last-generation consoles but it was fantastic news for PS4 players who had missed out.
In their latest quarterly earnings call, EA spoke about Titanfall 2‘s release window. The publisher said that Titanfall fans can “assume” that the game will be released in their 2017 fiscal year which runs from April 2016 to March 2017. That’s an awfully long time away – or at least, it may feel like that for fans – but given EA’s already full release slate; it makes sense.
Later this year EA will release Star Wars Battlefront, and new Need for Speed, Mirror’s Edge and Plants vs. Zombies games are all confirmed for 2016. So giving Titanfall 2 a FY2017 release window will stop the game from competing with the rest of EA’s franchises.
Additionally, this long wait will give Respawn plenty of time to iron out the kinks of the last game. Respawn Entertainment Community Manager Abbie Heppe recently suggested that Titanfall 2 would feature a fully-fledged single player campaign while Zampella has mentioned that he would like to change the game’s DLC model. The Respawn co-founder explained that selling map packs “splits” the community and makes matchmaking more difficult, so in the sequel he would like to follow Evolve‘s lead by offering free map packs to players.
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Titanfall 2 will be released between April 2016 and and March 2017 on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.