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New Titanfall plans are being pushed back so Respawn can focus on Apex Legends

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Respawn's latest update on the status of Apex Legends teases some pretty big things coming in the game's second season, including a new weapon, character, and Battle Pass, and some long-awaited changes to the Kings Canyon map. It all sounds very promising, but buried down near the bottom of the update is less happy news about the studio's other big (but not as big as Apex) game. 

"It is important to understand that there are entirely separate development teams working on Apex Legends and Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order," Apex Legends executive producer Drew McCoy wrote. 

"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 here at the studio, nor are we pulling resources from the team working on Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order." 

Maybe I'm in the minority here, but if Respawn has to shuffle resources then I'd personally rather see them moved from Fallen Order to Titanfall than vice versa. Stars Wars is fine if you like that sort of thing but Titanfall 2 was outstanding: A giant fighting robots game that came out of nowhere to combine razor-sharp mechanics with emotional heft in one of the best buddy anythings to come along in years. Sadly it wasn't a big sales hit, which is no doubt why Respawn feels comfortable about tapping the brakes on the series, but seriously, if you haven't played it, play it.  

(It's on sale right now on Origin (opens in new tab), too.) 

This isn't an explicit delay of Titanfall 3, since at this point there is no Titanfall 3. But Respawn CEO Vince Zampella said in February that the studio is "working on more Titanfall for later in the year," which Electronic Arts CEO Andrew Wilson described in a same-day earnings call as "a truly creative take on what Titanfall is in a premium context." Nothing's been said about it since, but to me, "premium" suggests a full new game in the series, not a mobile spin-off, or something of that sort. 

Electronic Arts declined to comment further on McCoy's statement.

Andy Chalk
Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.