With the recent launch of the newest popular Battle Royale title, Apex Legends from Respawn, fans have been hoping for more news on the front of one of their other major franchises, Titanfall. Fans have been clamoring for news of a new entry, and even hoping that this new game was in fact a part of that franchise. Sadly, it turns out that Titanfall 3 is in fact not in the works.
In various statements to the media, representatives and team members have confirmed as much, much to the chagrin of gamers.
Design Director Mackey McCandlish said to VG247 that “This is the game being made by the Titanfall team, Apex Legends…There is no other team that makes Titanfall.” Lead Producer Drew McCoy’s comments to Eurogamer cement this fact and also reveal why they didn’t officially reveal the game until today:
“There are some people who think there are too many battle royale games or it’s a fad, the world thinks we’re making Titanfall 3 and we’re not – this is what we’re making…We’re doing a free to play game, with essentially loot boxes, after we were bought by EA, and it’s not Titanfall 3. It’s the perfect recipe for a marketing plan to go awry, so why have that – let’s just ship the game and let players play.”
This is pretty set in stone then. Titanfall 3 is currently not in the pipeline, but that doesn’t mean it will never come to pass. Electronic Arts offered some glimmers of hope on that front this week. Public statements from the company have revealed some new plans for coming “experiences”, namely new unannounced games involving Titanfall content, but also Plants vs. Zombies and Need for Speed projects.
It will be interesting to see what these new projects are. It’s been quite a long wait for these two franchises, namely Need for Speed and Plants vs. Zombies. Need for Speed got its last release with Need for Speed Payback, a game met with lukewarm responses in terms of reviews and sales. The last big release for the second series was third-person shooter Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 in early 2016
The full quote came from EA COO and CFO Blake Jorgensen:
“Elsewhere in the business, we’re making adjustments to improve execution and we’re refocusing R&D. Looking forward, we’re delighted to launch Anthem, our new IP, to grow Apex Legends and related Titanfall experiences, to deliver new Plants vs. Zombies and Need for Speed titles, and to add Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order to our sports titles in the fall.”
While it is disappointing to hear that Titanfall 3 is not in development over at Respawn Entertainment right now, Apex Legends is already available across PC, PS4, and Xbox One and should keep fans tided over for the time being.
You can try Apex Legends yourself. It’s out now for free on EA’s Origin platform.