Titanfall 2's DLC maps will be free because EA wants you to be happy

We learned last week that all of Titanfall 2's DLC maps and game modes will be free for everyone. But that doesn't necessarily mean that all the DLC will be free. As Respawn co-founder Vince Zampella told GamesRadar, the studio doesn't want to “split the community” between those who have the maps and those who don't, but somebody has to pay for all this stuff. 

“We still want to provide post launch content because people want it, but it’s not free to do,” Zampella said. “If we’re going to support the game, that costs money”. The specifics aren't nailed down yet, which is “why it's really hard to talk about it,” but the smart money would seem to be on paid DLC that won't keep people from playing together if they don't all have it: cosmetic items, boosts, and that sort of thing. 

That sounds eminently reasonable to me, and Producer Drew McCoy added that gamers can trust EA to get it right. “Trust that if we do the right thing—not sell maps and modes—we’ll get more people investing with us, investing in the game as a whole,” he said. “They’re going to trust us not screw them over and they can be happy with their $60 versions.”   

Titanfall 2 comes out on Octobter 28. We got some hands-on time with it at E3, which you can dig into here.

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.