Respawn Entertainment’s Titanfall 2 is, mechanically, one of the best first-person shooters there is. I don’t care how well Call of Duty and Battlefield sell every year, Titanfall 2’s gameplay is *chef’s kiss*.
But the game never really became the blockbuster franchise that EA had hoped it would be. Despite positive reviews, sales were lackluster. And this explains why we haven’t gotten a third game in the franchise.
But with Apex Legends’ upcoming ninth season, Legacy, featuring multiple callbacks to the Titanfall franchise, it appears there’s some renewed interest in the game. According to SteamDB, Titanfall 2’s active player count has jumped 650% in recent days. The welcomed resurgence is likely to do with the recent sale price as well as the new Apex Legends season.
It seems that Respawn’s free-to-play battle royale game is doing exactly what many expected (and hoped) that it would; spark new interest in Titanfall. Apex Legends has always been set in the Titanfall universe, but Season 9: Legacy features the most direct references to Titanfall characters and story points.
Whether it was the sale or Apex Legends, or both, it’s clear that gamers are finally discovering Titanfall 2. The question now is whether or not it will encourage EA to greenlight Titanfall 3.
I’ve been hoping and waiting for a third installment in the series, especially after how much improved Titanfall 2 was from the original. From the riveting campaign to the explosive multiplayer, Titanfall 2 was a great experience. But competing with Call of Duty and Battlefield isn’t easy and its competitive launch window resulted in just mediocre sales.
With Apex Legends’ explosive growth, EA decided to focus more of its efforts on the battle royale game, which boasts over 100 million players. But I’m hoping that this resurgence of Titanfall 2 on Steam (and consoles) will convince EA to give Titanfall another look.
Now that Titanfall is a household name and more gamers are familiar with its style of gameplay, I think they’d be more willing to dive into a new game. It’s no longer the new kid on the block. We all know what kind of polished gameplay to expect and because of that, you probably won’t have the hesitancy in jumping into the game.
Respawn is apparently hiring for a new IP, which means any plans for a Titanfall 3 will have to wait. But hopefully, this renewed interest in Titanfall 2 will get the wheels turning over at EA and Respawn.