A Titanfall 2 speedrunner has reclaimed the fastest time in the game's notorious gauntlet, after his seemingly-untouchable previous record was smashed last week.
A speedrunner's dream built into Titanfall 2's tutorial level, the gauntlet is a hotly contested trial so infamous Respawn built it into the backstory (opens in new tab) of Apex Legends hero Octane. But until recently, it looked like nobody would top speedrunner Cash Mayo's 11.7 second run (opens in new tab).
Then, last week, Mayo's throne was decisively usurped by Whatevershoe (opens in new tab), posting a 11.2 second run. Not one to be outdone, Mayo immediately set to work reclaiming his crown. This weekend, he snagged it, posting an 11.1 second run shared by Respawn comms director Ryan K. Rigney.
It's nuts that, 5 years after the release of Titanfall 2, a player just broke the world record speedrun time for The Gauntlet during our recent Free Weekend. Here's the clip. Yes, they're blowing up their own legs with grenades to gain speed.Source: https://t.co/1kio1ZrXbr pic.twitter.com/D8XTdg9LJXMay 7, 2021
The timing couldn't be better, either. Titanfall 2 just received a free weekend (opens in new tab), following an incredible surge in players (opens in new tab)achieved in part thanks to Apex Legends' Titan-heavy new season. Apex itself is crushing it when it comes to player counts, with Season 9 bringing the battle royale to record concurrents on Steam (opens in new tab).
All that remains now is to see if Mayo's latest record will be as long-standing as his previous one. But if anyone else manages to finally push the gauntlet below the 11-second mark, you can sure he'll be right on their tail—likely after tossing a grenade at his feet for an extra speed boost.