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Respawn Entertainment delays Titanfall 3 to focus on Apex Legends

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Apex Legends (Image credit: EA)

Apex Legends is a free-to-play battle royale game that has garnered tremendous popularity in recent months. Unfortunately, the process hasn't been that smooth, and Respawn Entertainment has been criticized for its poor communication, cheating problems, and other issues.

Today, Executive Producer Drew McCoy said that the team was focusing on Apex Legends, and vowed to address problems like cheating and transparency. The team wants to make the following features better in the future.

  • Slow server performance at the beginning of a match
  • Audio issues
  • Cheaters
  • Hit registration issues
  • Season launches
  • Thoughtful updates throughout the season
  • Improved communication

If you're a fan of Apex Legends, you'll be really happy with this news. However, if you also liked Titanfall 2, this may not be a great day. It seems like Respawn has delayed Titanfall 3 in order to focus on Apex Legends. McCoy wrote the following on EA's website.

To say that the launch of Apex Legends exceeded our expectations would be an understatement. 50 million players in the first month... is staggering for any game, let alone a... relatively small team who were taking their first swing at a free-to-play game. Rapid growth is a wonderful thing to achieve, and we're thrilled with the response we've received since launch. However, that growth comes with some clear challenges, and we've hit a few bumps along the way, including missteps with our updates, not giving players enough visibility into future content, and not properly setting expectations on how we plan to support Apex Legends. We are... committed to the long-term growth of Apex Legends, and supporting the millions playing every day... At EA Play in June, we will give you the first details on what you can expect from Season 2... Lastly, regarding other games in development... it is important to understand that there are entirely separate development teams working on Apex Legends and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. Additionally, in order to fully support Apex Legends, we are pushing out plans for future Titanfall games. No resources from the Apex Legends team are being shifted to other titles in development.

Hopefully development on Titanfall 3 will commence soon, but that will probably depend on how popular Apex Legends is in the future.

Are you disappointed by this news? Or are you excited for increased Apex Legends support? Let us know.

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  • I thought this was an old story? Or was that the publisher that cancelled?
  • Someone from Respawn (don't remember who) tweeted after Apex launched that they were still focused on TF3. This is super disappointing to me.
  • Agreed, this is something that I'm waiting to hear need on. My goto game is still TF2.
  • I remember them saying that they were still making Titanfall 3.
  • Alright, maybe I misread or remembered the article.
  • Apex has a ton of work that needs doing so it makes sense to focus on it properly for a while. They lost a ton of ground recently because of poor support. Slow server performance at the beginning of a match
    Audio issues
    Hit registration issues
    Season launches
    Thoughtful updates throughout the season
    Improved communication ^ All of these are very valid things that need fixing. However, I think another real issue is around game modes: Solo, Duo, Quads. As much as I personally love the Trio system and can see other modes damaging the huge team focus other modes will need to be added. Solo is probably the most important one as people are sick of teammates leaving for a range of different reasons. Toxic teammates are also quite common. Finally, they need to fix the in-game voice chat system, its useless in its current state. Mind you the Ping system is sensational!
  • Is Titanfall 2 still worth it actually? Thinking of buying it for the campaign.
  • The campaign is incredible, in my opinion (from a single player perspective) it is the best first person shooter experience this generation.