If you had any hope left about receiving Titanfall 3, it is finally time to abandon it. We recently received the official confirmation that the Titanfall 3 project doesn’t exist. Instead, it appears that developers turned it into Apex Legends, a battle royale game that is free to play.
But let’s start with the beginning. A press event recently took place for Apex Legends. During that event, Drew McCoy, the Respawn producer explained that Titanfall 3 isn’t a work in progress anymore.
The world thinks we’re making Titanfall 3 and we’re not – this is what we’re making. To try and convince a skeptical audience for months with trailers and hands-on articles, we’re just like, ‘Let the game speak for itself’ – it’s the most powerful antidote to potential problems. 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.
What is Apex Legends?
You might be wondering why Apex Legends ended up replacing Titanfall 3. Well, there are several reasons for that. For example, the fact that PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds blew up, helped developers understand that players love this new game genre.
Later on, the company was purchased by Electronic Arts, which represented another factor. That is one developer realized that they want something new. They experimented a lot and decided to stop focusing around Titans, and find another part of that world that can be explored. Basically, the game is similar to the Titanfall games, but the Titans are missing.
“The Titan, as a mechanic tends to fulfill the fantasy of a giant robot. It has to be able to almost trivially destroy other players. It’s like playing poker and holding four aces. We could have made the Titan a limited time mode that allowed people to briefly live out that power fantasy, but that’s not a sustainable way to play in battle royale. And if we’d gone with just Titans, you’d be asking me why there are no pilots in the game,” explained game designer Mackey McCandlish.
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