What you need to know
- The original Titanfall launched exclusively for Xbox One and PC on March 11, 2014.
- Developer Respawn Entertainment is ending sales of Titanfall today.
- The game will be pulled from subscription services on March 1, 2022.
- The servers for the game will be kept online.
Sales for the original Titanfall are being discontinued, developer Respawn Entertainment shared on Wednesday. The game will no longer be sold on Xbox One or PC starting today, while it will be pulled from subscription services on March 1, 2022. Titanfall's servers will be kept online however, so if you buy the game before then or already own it, you'll be able to continue to play it with no issue.
Respawn notes as part of the announcement that Titanfall is still part of the studio's "DNA." Titanfall 2 is not being affected by this move.
"Rest assured, Titanfall is core to Respawn's DNA and this incredible franchise will continue, today in Titanfall 2 and Apex Legends, and in the future," the announcement reads. "This franchise is the north star for the caliber of experiences we will continue to create here at Respawn."
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Love this game, shame others won't be able to experience it going forward... After sales are ended... Would recommend anyone who likes shooters to get a copy...
I really hope Respawn (or all studios) will train AI bots based on player telemetry and add bot based multiplayer support before the servers are eventually taken offline. Not a big deal for PC since players can always find a way to host their own servers, but it'd be really useful for Xbox players.
This is something I've been begging for, for years. I understand the realities of eventually needing to take dedicated servers offline, that's okay. Give us bots + LAN support, or the ability to use peer-to-peer/custom servers for preservation.
*he asks sarcastically* What court case did Respawn lose to explain pulling the game? It would make sense if the servers were shutting down. Maintaining the servers is the bulk of the ongoing cost. But the servers aren't shutting down, so there must be some other reason to explain why they're pulling the game and not even offering digital sales. Maybe someone who knows more about the industry could explain this.
I'm assuming they have a server sunset date in mind and don't want any new players to feel cheated if they buy it closer to that date.
These things are worrying for digital game preservation.
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