Titanfall 2 hit a record player count on Steam thanks to Apex Legends and a sale

Titanfall 2
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In the last 24 hours, Titanfall 2 hit a new peak player count of 16,958 on Steam. Back at its launch on the store in June of 2020 it peaked at 13,427 players and had steadily dropped down to just a few thousand until midway through April. That leap is thanks in part to a Steam sale that saw the price drop to $7.50, but Respawn's previous shooter has also seen a resurgence in interest thanks to their current shooter, Apex Legends.

The forthcoming Apex Legends Season 9 will feature a bunch of references to Titanfall 2, with which it shares a setting. A recent video introduced the forthcoming legend Kairi "Valkyrie" Imahara, a hotshot titan pilot seen taking a ride in her father's mech—her father being Viper, the boss of Titanfall 2's airship level. We've also seen more of Kuben Blisk lately, the IMC mercenary who created the Apex Games and has been a recurring character since the first Titanfall back in 2014.

Meanwhile, Apex Legends is scheduled to reveal a new mode on April 26 at 8am PT, which will apparently "go beyond battle royale".

Jody Macgregor
Weekend/AU Editor

Jody's first computer was a Commodore 64, so he remembers having to use a code wheel to play Pool of Radiance. A former music journalist who interviewed everyone from Giorgio Moroder to Trent Reznor, Jody also co-hosted Australia's first radio show about videogames, Zed Games. He's written for Rock Paper Shotgun, The Big Issue, GamesRadar, Zam, Glixel, Five Out of Ten Magazine, and Playboy.com, whose cheques with the bunny logo made for fun conversations at the bank. Jody's first article for PC Gamer was about the audio of Alien Isolation, published in 2015, and since then he's written about why Silent Hill belongs on PC, why Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale is the best fantasy shopkeeper tycoon game, and how weird Lost Ark can get. Jody edited PC Gamer Indie from 2017 to 2018, and he eventually lived up to his promise to play every Warhammer videogame.