Titanfall 2 confirmed by Respawn boss

The worst kept secret in recent history has been officially outed by Vince Zampella, CEO of Respawn Entertainment. Titanfall 2 is now confirmed, and the franchise sheds its Microsoft exclusivity in the process.

Speaking with IGN, Vince Zampella said:

"I guess EA announced a sequel, so I could play coy and pretend I don't know anything about it, or… yeah. So we're working on a sequel. No official name yet, but we're working on that."

It should come as no surprise that Respawn, comprised of the team behind Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, were able to achieve widespread success with their first game. This came at the cost of hitting multiple platforms. In order to finance the game, Respawn signed a marketing deal with Microsoft and were provided with Windows Azure dedicated servers to run the game's multiplayer components.

When asked what Respawn would've changed about Titanfall's first outing, COO Dusty Welsh wasn't shy to bring up the issue of exclusivity. Zampella clarified that Titanfall may have not existed without Microsoft's backing: "Well, we needed that, though. We couldn't do the game." EA have previously hinted that Titanfall will be multiplatform, and these comments essentially confirm that the sequel will also hit PS4.

IGN pressed the Respawn boss on the potential nature of the Titanfall sequel. Vince essentially said that Respawn missed the mark with the game's story-driven multiplayer mode, which was too frenetic to sink in for many players (myself included).

"Maybe we could have mixed things up a bit better because some people blew right by it and didn't even see it because there was so much action happening around it. It's tough because if you hit people over the head with it it becomes intrusive, and there are people who don't want or care about it."

I think folding the single player into the multiplayer is potentially smart if they can get it right, but as Zampella says, the first iteration was a little too chaotic in practice.

I think having the maps like that in packs, it does split the community, and it makes it harder for matchmaking, it's messy.

Finally, Respawn agreed with criticisms about the game's gated approach to DLC map packs. Many popular multiplayer FPS games offer DLC map packs, it's a staple - but in doing so, they fragment the community in terms of who owns the maps and who doesn't. Zampella said that this won't happen again, and instead, Titanfall 2 would take a cue from Evolve's approach to map packs. "I think having the maps like that in packs, it does split the community, and it makes it harder for matchmaking, it's messy." To that end, all of Titanfall's DLC is now permanently free to anyone who purchased the game, regardless of platform. While the maps still appear in separate playlists, this should serve to put an end to some of the fragmentation.

Going multiplatform will help solidify Titanfall as a FPS staple, and could potentially grow to challenge Call of Duty's dominance of twitch multiplayer FPS. Many saw Advanced Warfare and its exo-suits and pseudo-mechs as a segway into Titanfall's sci-fi leanings. Hopefully the competition between the two franchises would lead to more innovation, something Call of Duty is increasingly criticised for lacking.

Source: IGN

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55 Comments
  • Respawn earned my respect. They delivered a great game that worked on launch and continued to update and support it with free content updates that changed the game completely. Titanfall 2 is a day one buy for me. That being said, I am sad it is no longer an exclusive as a primarily Xbox gamer and worry about the potential of not using azure servers.
  • Kinda worried about that too. If they DO go to EA for server infrastructure next time round, at least with Battlefield Hardline coming out soon, we'll get an idea of how much EA have improved things (referring to the Battlefield 4 / SimCity launch problems...)
  • You would think that the dedicated servers would allow them to expand gameplay further... Could there be a potential of Xbox using free dedicated Azure servers, and PS4 having to pay for a dedicated server?
  • In theory, Windows Azure could power the PS4 version as well. I don't see any reason why Microsoft would block that as long as EA were paying for it.
  • How do you envision that? Ps4 players paying for servers?
  • I'm hoping they'll stick with azure, at least for the Xbox and PC, as it is definitely faster and more reliable. I think the CoD games run on azure on xbox, as the PS4 versions do not have dedicated servers, and you can tell :'(
  • have they spoken specifically on azure servers going forward?  There is no technical reason I can think of for both the XBox1 and PS4 versions of TitanFall 2 to use azure.  Respawn would just pay the elastic computing costs as they would with any other solution.
  • I still play Titanfall on the PC. Glad to see there's a second one incoming.
  • What's the player numbers on pc now dlc is free? Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Excellent...
  • So what is Evolve doing with their DLC and maps that's so inspiring?
  • The map packs in Evolve are free and just added to the pool of available maps, meaning that players aren't fragmented from each other in terms of who owns what maps, etc.
  • Based on Evolve comment, DLC will bring additional Titans, skins, and weapons. Please add flame thrower!
  • Another one? Can we get a mech assault sequel.
  • Or at least an Armored Core
  • Armored core...droooooooool
  • I know right next Gen Armored Core should be outstanding
  • Where is my armored core next gen?!
  • Rather have a straight Mech Warrior game. The fights we used to have in those games on PC were just awesome.
  • Just a correction...the Respawn boss' name is misspelled multiple times. His name is Vince Zampella.
    Looking forward to TF2!
  • Cheers mate, been a long day haha
  • I hope Microsoft does an 11th hour purchase of the IP and makes it an X1 and Windows 10 exclusive with crossplay. Not only that, but transform it into a full blown epic like Halo.
  • Might want to wake up from that dream buddy.
  • That would be quite the move, for sure, but I don't envision Respawn going for it. That said, I'm not big on sequels anyway. I like the Minecraft model: release a game, then provide regular updates.
  • That would be a great idea, as they are certainly pushing the gaming agenda with windows 10, and they seem to be winning everyone over right now. In fact I was telling a few people I know about it, and the gaming aspects had them very excited indeed!
  • can't wait baby.... Titanfall... standby for Titanfall.... " Da 1st Sin " that's my gamertag
  • I got Titanfall for £10. To be honest, it wasn't for me. Ok, but not my favourite.
  • WOOT
  • One of the best games that I've played till now.
  • Hands down my favorite FPS of 2014
  • It was definitely the best FPS game of 2014, by far.
  • Titanfall has been my favorite shooter of Thu gen so far. I usually don't like the twitch shooters, but Titanfall has a great balance and strategy that I found lacking in Call of Duty multiplayer.
  • I'd love to see a strong solo campaign in the next game. It was literally a multiplayer deathmatch game. Call of Duty without the big grandiose story. Granted, it's a fuckin solid game and I still enjoy playing it, but ill enjoy it even more if they flesh out a descent story driven campaign.
  • Hope titanfall 2 will come with a single player campaign.
  • Needs a single player campaign badly.
  • Just to clarify, will there be a single player campaign mode being introduced...?...
  • Nobody knows yet, Zampella was kinda vague in his comments. Might have to reach out to him!
  • I have the first one. But I get killed in sekunds after logging inn. It's useless for me so I gave up. Why can't they have a single player part?
  • That's pretty common. If you stick with it, you get better fast. I was TERRIBLE when I started TF, now I am often the team MVP. There are some great YouTube videos that help with strategy and loadouts.
  • Titanfall is the first FPS game I have actually enjoyed. I tended to stay away from them - partly because I don't know what im doing. Looking forward to a sequel.
  • I agree that the live campaign was a problem for paying attention. However, they also just told the story from a terrible point and perspective, so it made it feel very aimless and detached. We knew nothing about the characters. We knew nothing about the war. The way I always describe it is that it's like a movie that's two and a half hours long, where you showed up an hour late and left an hour early. We got no introduction to the conflict or characters, and we got no resolution to either. Respawn needs to give us background on the war, before anything else. They need to actually develop the characters with that. They then need to work on actually giving us a sense of accomplishment when we progress through the "story," rather than just leaving us to ignore a pointless cutscene while we wait to start the next match.
  • Agreed 100%. It feels as though (at least conceptually) that there's a solid basis for a good plot, the sequel needs to have more context tying it together. Some of Titanfall's monster designs in particular were incredible, whilst having no relevance to gameplay haha
  • Respawn boss sounds like an awesome username
  • I hated the single player story wrapped into the Multiplayer. Didn't get me to buy into the game. Plus the matchmaking was horrid. The multiplayer was unique and pretty fun. However, I got sick of it when I was consistently getting housed by a level 50 team against my below 10 level team. I hope the sequel does it better.
  • Yeah, the matchmaking still sucks. I was on a team the other day full of noobs and we were up against g10 lvl 50s.
  • Good now there's reason to get ps4. Can't wait.
  • Segue, NOT SEGWAY
  • Still love and play Titanfall regularly. I was disappointed in the lack of story, though. There is a huge backstory ripe for exploration. Would love to see a novel. We all knew with the weak initial sales of Xbox One that Titanfall 2 would most definitely be multi plat. Whenver I play, it is kind of sad to see the low server numbers. Yesterday there were a total of 19 people in the entire world playing Variety Pack. My gamertag is Zanadros for those looking to play.
  • Numbers are still big in Attrition
  • Yeah, but I get tired of attrition.
  • Maybe we can get a single player campaign next time?
  •   Sad to see the exclusivity gone but but glad that they're going to be working on a real campaign mode. It was an interesting world that they created and I wanted to know more about it.
  • Eagerly anticipating it!
  • Talk about pressure - TF1 was all-time! Seriously though,  single-player campaigns are expensive and resource intensive, if you want that play CoD or BF, in the end, everyone ends up in Mutliplayer. What they need to do is get crazy and mix things up: Allow for Titan hacking, so that you can take over an enemy Titan. *MIND BLOWN* Create private Militia army - get a crew of grunts to follow you / protect you etc. AND you get to choose their weapons and tactics e.g. Offensive / Defensive / Flank / Brute Force / Titan take-down. MORE WEAPONS MORE WEAPONS MORE WEAPONS, OH GOD PLEASE MORE WEAPONS! Allow for bigger Maps with more PvP. 6v6 is fun, for sure - but let's ramp it up a litte. More Titans - like with tank-style wheels for example (with a gun turret you can control), or one that can Hover / Fly. *Crazy* Destructive environments - always a crowd favourite Tournament Play More Weapons Do not change anything that is amazing about TF1. Seriously.    
  • Not really excited about this