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February 04, 2019 2 min read
It's a bittersweet day for fans of Titanfall and Respawn Entertainment.
Respawn has made a new first-person shooter housed within the Titanfalluniverse, and it's out today on PC, PS4, and Xbox One. The game's even free! But Apex Legendsis a squad-based battle royale -- a format that's left a lot of us feeling fatigued -- and the studio says it's not working on Titanfall 3.
That last bit comes as a surprise to everyone who caught wind of Apex Legendsover the weekend and just figured Respawn also had an eventual sequel up its sleeve alongside Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order.
Speaking to Eurogamer, lead producer Drew McCoy acknowledged that Apex Legendswill attract skepticism. "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," he said.
In 2017, Kotaku reported that a sequel was in production, but plans have clearly changed.
"To try and convince a skeptical audience for months with trailers and hands-on articles, we're just like 'let [Apex Legends] speak for itself,'" explained McCoy. "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."
It's a shame about the lack of a Titanfall 3 given the near-universal fondness over Titanfall 2's creative campaign, but if this situation is how it's going to be, I can at least respect Respawn's candidness.
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