Respawn Entertainment pushes back Titanfall plans to focus on Apex Legends

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The success of Apex Legends demands full attention from developer Respawn Entertainment, which means a delay in future Titanfall content.

With Apex Legends, developer Respawn Entertainment found a surprise hit on their hands. Released in February of this year, the free-to-play battle royale game exploded onto the scene, drawing in 50 million players in the first month alone. That number has since grown which, of course, is always great news to hear for the developer (and publisher, EA).

But in a blog post this week, Respawn noted that with such growth comes “some clear challenges.” For as much praise as Apex Legends has received, it’s not perfect. A lackluster battle pass, cheaters on PC, exploits and bugs, and the desire for more content have given Respawn plenty to work on in the months since launch.

As the developer points out, addressing these issues takes time and requires resources. Between Apex Legends and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, Respawn has found themselves stretched thin. So in order to fully support Apex Legends, sacrifices must be made.

Unfortunately, Titanfall has become a casualty of battle royale. In the post, Apex Legends executive producer Drew McCoy confirmed plans for all future Titanfall games have been delayed in order for the studio to focus on its prized gem, Apex Legends. McCoy also noted that “there are entirely separate development teams working on Apex Legends and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.”

“No resources from the Apex Legends team are being shifted to other titles in development here at the studio, nor are we pulling resources from the team working on Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order,” he added.

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Respawn hasn’t shared many details regarding its upcoming Titanfall project, but CEO Vince Zampella did confirm that the studio is working “on more Titanfall” for later this year. There were reports that Titanfall 3 was actually in development at one point in time, but that it eventually became what we know today as Apex Legends. Following the surprise release of Apex Legends, McCoy confirmed that the studio wasn’t making a Titanfall 3.

Given the success of Apex Legends, it’s not at all surprising that Respawn has shelved any future plans for Titanfall. While the multiplayer shooter was incredibly well-received, it reportedly failed to live up to sales expectations set forth by Electronic Arts.

Respawn confirmed plans to announce more details regarding Apex Legends Season 2 at EA Play in June. The developer has promised “more meaningful content, the introduction of a new Legend, the debut of a new weapon,” and changes to Kings Canyon.