Titanfall Games Pushed Back Respawn To Focus On Apex Legends
Respawn hit it big with Apex Legends, their take on the Battle Royale genre. 50 million players jumped onto the free-to-play title, eclipsing any previous success they found with Titanfall and other titles. So understandably, there hadn’t been much word on the future of the Titanfall series, of which Apex Legends is a small part. In a new statement though, Executive Producer Drew McCoy explained that plans for any future Titanfall games, including Titanfall 3 it would seem, have been pushed out in favor of more support for Apex Legends.
Respawn Entertainment’s instant and unprecedented success with Apex Legends wasn’t just a surprise to players. In an update to the Apex Legends community, Respawn acknowledges that it has “hit a few bumps along the way” since the Apex Legends launch. In turn, it’s recommitted itself to supporting Apex Legends going forward. That renewed focus doesn’t come without a cost, however, as Respawn has also confirmed that it will be “pushing back” its plans for future Titanfall games.
While this development is obviously bad news for Titanfall fans, it’s actually a good thing to see Respawn prioritising to keep its development teams from burning out. In an age where even mighty companies such as EA, Rockstar, and Epic Games have had several overworked employees, it’s good to see Respawn keeping that to a minimum.
Respawn had previously said it has a new Titanfall project in the works, although it made it clear that Titanfall 3 is not in development.
So it’s clear that Respawn has enough resources to continue supporting Apex Legends and develop their very good looking Star Wars game, but the cost of that is being paid by their original FPS franchise. While Apex Legends is an extension of the Titanfall universe, it lacks a lot of the things players love about the series, including the titular Titans themselves and the movement mechanics that made it unique. It seems that fans will have to wait a long while for Titanfall 3, if it ever arrives at all.
Apex Legends is available now on PC, PS4, and Xbox One