Respawn admits releasing Titanfall 2 at the end of 2016 was a mistake; More Titanfall on the way
Hopefully, they'll opt for a better release date with the third game.
Titanfall 2 got crushed last year when it released. It was critically praised and some deemed it as the best shooter of that fall but it couldn't stand up against the two biggest franchises in gaming: Call of Duty and Battlefield. Even in an "off year" Call of Duty still managed to be a juggernaut thanks to the release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered which was bundled in with select versions of the somwhat disappointing Infinite Warfare. Battlefield 1 also dominated in sales and reviews thanks to the fact that it combined the modern day mechanics of the DICE series with a historic setting that has been mostly untouched by major AAA games.
So yeah, Titanfall 2 kinda had a hard time standing up to the competition but it was a great game. Speaking to Gamespot, Respawn's Vince Zampella has admited that the October release date may have been a fatal error.
“The game was successful, it sold well, but it didn’t quite sell as well as it should have,” he said. “Maybe because it was super-crowded, the pricing was aggressive–it was a rough window to launch our game.”
If the game had cut the single-player, maybe they could have slashed the price a bit but a campaign is what players were craving and it turned out to be one of the best parts of the sequel.
Despite the poor timing of Titanfall 2, Zampella promises that there is more Titanfall on the way and that they aren't going to give up on it just because it didn't sell as well as it should have.
‘We’re doing more Titanfall,’ [sic] is the quote I’m supposed to say,” he said.
“We have our franchise creative director, who’s in charge of safeguarding the franchise in multiple formats and making sure it continues to grow. There’s some other things we’re doing that haven’t been announced just yet, but we’re heavily invested in the Titanfall universe.”
It's unclear when we will see Titanfall 3 specificially as the team at Respawn is working on an untitled Star Wars game but they may continue to build on the Titanfall universe via comics, mobile games, or animated movies to hold us over.
Titanfall 2 is out now on Xbox One, PS4, and PC. If you're an EA Access subscriber, you can get the game for free right now!