It is well-documented that EA has not been the best publisher for Respawn Entertainment's Titanfall 2. From a ridiculous sandwiched launch date to ignoring it at E3 this year, the game and the developer just aren't getting the recognition they deserve. And while Respawn's Vince Zampella has been the good developer toeing the publisher line, some cracks are starting to show.
"The game was successful, it sold well, but it didn't quite sell as well as it should have," Zampella said in an interview with GameSpot. "Maybe because it was super crowded, the pricing was aggressive - it was a rough window to launch our game. But we've got a really great fanbase. There's not really much negativity or acidity compared to other communities, so I'm very thankful for that. It's important for us to keep the franchise going. 'We're doing more Titanfall,' which is the quote I'm supposed to say. We have our franchise creative director, who's in charge of safeguarding the franchise in multiple formats and making sure it continues to grow. There's some other things we're doing that haven't been announced just yet, but we're heavily invested in the Titanfall universe."
While there is no word on official Titanfall 3, Respawn is working on a mobile real-time strategy spinoff called Titanfall: Assault. And the team has been diligently working on Titanfall 2 DLC, which has been coming out in large chunks on a regular basis. Operation Frontier Shield just dropped last month, and joined EA Origin Access earlier this week, and released its Ultimate Edition.
However, for now, that is expected to be the end of TF2 as Respawn plans to move forward with something new.
"We're very proud of what we have so far," Zampella said. "As a new studio, we tried something different and new, and while it worked - maybe not well enough to remove the single-player - we kinda expanded with the follow-up, and we brought in the single-player, which turned out great. We're working on more Titanfall - we're not announcing what that is yet, but there's a few other things in the works--the mobile game, which turned out fantastic and is super fun, the fans love it and allowed us to expand on what we did in the last games. So I'm pretty happy with what the franchise has become."
It will be interesting to see what Respawn has planned, and just how EA responds to the new game or content. Zampella has previously said that Respawn wants to tell more of the story behind Titanfall 2, perhaps trying to hint at a Titanfall 3. EA's only response was "What we've said is we're committed to the franchise."
"Whatever the f*ck that means." was Zampella's frustrated response.