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Titanfall 2 Is Still an Unrivaled Shooter Five Years Later

This year was supposed to be a landmark one for first-person shooters. With Call of Duty: Vanguard, Battlefield 2042, and Halo Infinite all launching in the same season, fans of the genre would have their work cut out for them.

Not everything went according to plan, though. While Halo Infinite has lived up to expectations in its beta, the other two haven’t quite turned heads. We love Battlefield 2042, but it’s been widely panned by players for missing features and stability issues. Call of Duty: Vanguard was underwhelming too, delivering more of the same. The closest 2021 got to changing the shooter landscape was in the excellent Splitgate, though interest in the game waned after some initial praise.

The fact is that no shooter this year has managed to topple the reigning champion of the genre: Titanfall 2.

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Titanfall 2 has become something of a cult classic, despite being a big-budget, EA-published title. Originally released in 2016, the sequel had to contend with an unfortunate release date. It was sandwiched right in between Battlefield 1 and Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. With its potential player base cannibalized by much bigger fish, the shooter just didn’t stand a chance. Developer Respawn Entertainment would instead shift its focus to Apex Legends, making Titanfall 3 seem unlikely (though EA and Respawn have hinted otherwise recently).

It was a shame, because Titanfall 2 is still the most innovative shooter to come out in the past five years, both in its single and multiplayer content. First, there’s the game’s main hook. Players run around battlefields shooting one another in PvP, but the twist was that they could call in gigantic titans during battle. These mechs could completely turn the tide of battle, squishing players with ease. Of course, the opposing team could summon titans of their own, leading to monster clashes that gave the game a constantly shifting sense of scale.

Even when players weren’t in mechs, the basic mobility was still a game-changer. Movement was fast and fluid, with players sprinting at high speeds, running on walls, and sliding around. Many of its features went on to become templates for other popular games. One could argue that Halo Infinite’s standout Grappleshot might not exist without Titanfall 2’s grappling hook.

The single-player campaign was just as innovative and should be a blueprint for any multiplayer game that includes solo content. The story mode isn’t a throwaway tutorial that preps players for PvP. It’s a wildly creative adventure that finds ways to twist the mechanics. Its standout mission, Effect and Cause, has players seamlessly swapping between past and present, with the entire world changing with the click of a button. Moments like that still make it memorable half a decade later.

Titanfall 2 is a perfect example of how games can strive to push the industry forwards, rather than churn out more of the same. To this day, the game remains a wholly unique experience that no one has been able to fully replicate. Even so, its DNA can be felt in many of today’s best shooters. That’s especially true of Respawn’s mega-popular Apex Legends, which built on Titanfall 2’s ideas and led to the best battle royale game on the market today. Innovation breeds innovation.

A titan shoots flames in Titanfall 2.
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Time hasn’t been kind to Titanfall 2. The game has been taken over by hackers recently, rendering it almost unplayable. Respawn even discontinued the original Titanfall this week, which may have been related to that ongoing issue. It seems like Titanfall 2 could suffer a similar fate down the line, spoiling what should be a pristine legacy.

Even with the misfortune, I haven’t stopped thinking about Titanfall 2 since I first played it five years ago. It’s become the gold standard I measure other multiplayer shooters by. When I play something like Halo Infinite, I find myself searching for those genre-defining features that will influence other games for years to come. I’m finding them harder to come by in big-budget games these days, which seem content to prioritize reliability over experimentation. Titanfall 2 made no such compromises and I wish more games were confident enough to follow its lead.

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Titanfall Will Be Discontinued and Removed from Services

After originally releasing seven years ago and sparking the franchise that would eventually lead to Apex Legends, developer Respawn Entertainment is discontinuing new sales of Titanfall.

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— Respawn (@Respawn) December 1, 2021

In a statement released on Twitter, the developer did not say why it is halting sales of the game, which it describes as “a beacon of innovation that we strive for in all of our games.” At the time of writing, Titanfall Deluxe Edition is still available for purchase on Steam for $20. Titanfall will still be available via subscription services, although only until March 1, when it will be removed from those as well.

Respawn also clarified that even though it won’t be selling any more new copies of Titanfall going forward, that it is not ending support for the game. “We will, however, be keeping servers live for the dedicated fanbase still playing and those who own the game and are looking to drop into a match,” reads the developer’s statement.

However, not many players may want to get into a game of Titanfall. The game, as well as its sequel, has been plagued by hackers for some time now, rendering the game unplayable for others in some cases. Currently, Titanfall‘s average user review score on Steam is “mostly negative.”

While Respawn is going to stop selling new copies of Titanfall, the company has previously indicated that it isn’t done with the franchise. Following reports that the Titanfall franchise was being left behind by the developer, it sent a tweet out hinting that it had other plans in store.

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Respawn pulls Titanfall from sale with vague promises for the future

Respawn Entertainment today announced that it has delisted Titanfall, effectively removing it from sale. Titanfall was the first game Respawn Entertainment made as a new studio back in 2014, and now it seems the title is being retired. It isn’t all bad news, though, as those who own the game will still be able to play it even after it disappears from storefronts.

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Respawn pulls the game that started it all

Respawn announced its decision to pull Titanfall in a statement published to Twitter today. “We’ve made the decision to discontinue new sales of the original Titanfall game starting today and we’ll be removing the game from subscription services on March 1, 2022,” Respawn said. “We will, however, be keeping servers live for the dedicated fanbase still playing and those who own the game and are looking to drop into a match.”

Even though Titanfall has disappeared from storefronts and will vanish from streaming services next year, the servers are going to stay live so those who already own the title can continue playing it. While we’re sure most people who wanted to play Titanfall have already purchased the game, those who missed the chance to buy the digital version always have used disc copies they can pick up.

It’s a little bit strange to see Respawn pull Titanfall from storefronts while keeping the servers up and running. Still, if the game has a decent number of players routinely dropping into multiplayer, Respawn probably didn’t want to risk losing consumer goodwill by turning the servers off.

What’s next for the Titanfall series?

After announcing that Titanfall will be delisted, Respawn went on to assure fans that the game won’t be forgotten. “Rest assured, Titanfall is core to Respawn’s DNA and this incredible universe will continue,” the studio said. “Today in Titanfall 2 and Apex Legends, and in the future.”

That part is particularly interesting because it suggests there’s more Titanfall to come. Though the original Titanfall and its sequel have garnered a sizable fanbase, these days, Respawn’s attention is on Apex Legends – a free-to-play battle royale title set in the Titanfall universe that is fairly distinct from a gameplay perspective.

The success of Apex Legends (and the rise of the battle royale genre as an alternative to traditional FPS games) has prompted some Titanfall fans to assume the series is largely over and that we won’t see another Titanfall game in the future. Respawn’s statement today possibly suggests otherwise, though it’s too vague to say for sure.

Still, it’s always possible that Respawn is removing Titanfall from sale because it has something new with the franchise in the works. Until we get confirmation of any such plans, it’s probably safe to assume the company is simply removing the game to focus on Apex Legends. We’ll let you know if Respawn announces anything major in the future, so stay tuned for more.



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Hacker targets ‘Apex Legends’ in plea to fix ‘Titanfall’ hacking

Apex Legends has reportedly been hacked to raise awareness over the unplayable state of developer Respawn’s other game series Titanfall. Players have taken to social media to report that the battle royale’s server playlists are being replaced with a message that reads “SAVETITANFALL.COM, TF1 is being attacked so is Apex.” Gamers also received an “Important Message” popup after matches directing them to the same URL that has been active for a few months now, according to PC Gamer

The resulting disruption to matchmaking in Apex Legends prompted Respawn to publish a server update that it said resolved the issue. In tweets, the studio added that the attack “has not put players’ personal information or accounts at risk.”

While game hacking is often associated with cheating or theft, it seems in this case it was an extreme case of fan frustration over Respawn’s lack of attention toward Titanfall. Using it to advocate for an end to game hacks is also something you don’t see that often.

In short, Titanfall has suffered from numerous vulnerabilities that are leading to crashed or overloaded servers and disconnections. After years of complaints, Respawn recently confirmed that it was working on a fix for the problems, which have plagued the title on Origin and Steam.

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Titanfall 2 goes free-to-play on Steam, but only temporarily

Apex Legends‘ next season, dubbed “Legacy,” is on the horizon, and as the name suggests, the Apex Legends lore is revisiting some characters from its past. Specifically, we’ve seen references to a number of Titanfall 2 characters in the marketing for Apex Legends‘ Legacy season, but if you really want to see where it all started, there’s no better way to do that than by playing Titanfall 2. Thankfully, Respawn has made that particularly easy this weekend if you happen to be a PC gamer.

Titanfall 2 has gone free-to-play on Steam for the weekend, giving interested players a chance to check it out without having to shell out the cash to buy it first. Recently, we’ve seen a number of Steam promotions that let players keep the free games permanently once they were claimed, but it’s important to note that this not one of those promotions.

Instead, this is merely a temporary free-to-play weekend. Titanfall 2 is free to download and play on Steam now through Monday, May 3rd at 10 AM PDT/1 PM EDT. Once Monday morning rolls around, the game will no longer be free and you’ll have to buy it if you want to continue playing.

Sadly, it seems there’s no sale on Titanfall 2 to go along with this promotion, which suggests that this is more meant to promote the new Apex Legends season. Still, the Titanfall 2 Ultimate Edition runs $24.99 these days, and it’s worth pointing out that it’s included in EA Play, which is available through both Steam and Xbox Game Pass for PC.

This could be good news for the Titanfall 2 fans already playing through Steam, because for this weekend at least, it means that multiplayer lobbies will probably be packed with players. It isn’t hard to imagine the free-to-play promotion leading to at least a few new players beyond the weekend as well, so if you’ve been wanting to get in some game time with Titanfall 2, now is the time to do it.

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Titanfall 2 Is Free-To-Play This Weekend After Surge in Play

Titanfall 2 is going free to play on Steam this weekend. The move comes one week after the five-year old shooter broke new records on Steam when fans flocked to the long-dormant game.

First released in 2016, Titanfall 2 is a first-person shooter by Respawn Entertainment. The game initially had the misfortune of launching during a crowded holiday season next to Battlefield 1 and Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. It initially got lost in the shuffle, but is gaining new interest after Respawn announced that it’s adding elements of the game to Apex Legends. Last weekend, the game hit its highest Steam player count ever, with its player base rising 650% seemingly out of nowhere.

Respawn has now responded to the moment by making the game free to play on Steam this weekend. From now until 10 a.m. PT on May 3, anyone can dive into the multiplayer game for free.

The announcement comes in response to another coordinated fan effort to boost the game this weekend. Twitter account @TitanfallNews posted a call to all series fans asking players to log in on May 1 to show their appreciation for the game. That post was retweeted by the Xbox Game Pass account, propelling it to over 9,000 likes and counting.

Do we need to RSVP? because this is our RSVP https://t.co/kkR9OYuxIh

— Xbox Game Pass (@XboxGamePass) April 30, 2021

It’s an out-of-left-field success story for a game that struggled to find an audience at launch. The game failed to meet EA’s expected sales milestones, which put the possibility of a sequel in question. Once Respawn moved on to the popular Apex Legends, it seemed like the franchise could be over. The newfound push could make Titanfall 3 seem like a more viable possibility for EA.

Even if nothing comes of it, it’s a wholesome moment between Respawn Entertainment and fans who want to show their appreciation for its work.

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Xbox Series X gives 120 FPS Boost to Battlefield, Titanfall, Star Wars Battlefront

If you’re using an Xbox Series X or an Xbox Series S, a feature called FPS Boost enables next-level visuals for games of several sorts. This feature was developed by the Xbox “backward compatibility team” – meaning it was made to make older games look new. It doesn’t automatically work with all titles, all the time – it needs to be enabled on a per-game basis by the developers of said games. Lucky for us, a whole bunch of big-name games just had the FPS Boost switch turned ON!

This week the Xbox backwards compatibility team added a bunch of EA Play games to the mix. As of this week, the following titles have been added to the full list:

• Battlefield 1
• Battlefield 4
• Battlefield V
• Mirror’s Edge Catalyst
• Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare
• Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2
• Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville
• Star Wars Battlefront
• Star Wars Battlefront II
• Titanfall
• Titanfall 2
• Unravel 2

Other games on the list as of this week include Sea of Solitude, Unravel 2, Fallout 4, Fallout 76, Dishonored – Definitive Edition, Prey, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition, Far Cry 4, New Super Lucky’s Tale, Sniper Elite 4, UFC 4, and Watch Dogs 2.

As noted today by Xbox Live’s Major Nelson, some games have FPS Boost enabled automatically, while others need a bit of a push. “In some instances, because there are higher graphics requirements to enable FPS Boost technology, we’ve had to reduce a game’s resolution to ensure it both runs smoothly and plays great,” said Nelson. “In those select cases, FPS Boost is not automatically enabled for Xbox Series X gamers, but can easily be turned on under the Compatibility Options in the Manage game and add-ons setting.”

If you’re attempting to use FPS Boost right now, make sure your Xbox Series X or S has the latest software update from the get-go. Press the Xbox button on your controller to open the guide, select Profile & system – Settings – System – Updates.*

rom there, you’ll want to select your game, tap Manage game and add-ons, find Compatibility Options, and see if “Auto HDR” and/or “FPS boost” have checkmarks.

You can also see whether the game you’re playing is rolling with the most advanced features by tapping the Xbox Button on your controller while you’re running the game. Tapping said button should show a Guide overlay indicator in the upper right corner, showing the status of said features – just below your battery indicator and the time.

FPS Boost and Auto HDR are not necessarily available for all backward compatible games. If the game you’re looking at does not have access to either one of these options, the “Compatibility options” feature won’t appear at all in the first place.

*Some televisions are not 120Hz compatible. If you DO have a TV with 120Hz compatibility, you may still need to change your console display settings. Tap the Xbox button on your controller to open the guide, select Profile & system – Settings – General – TV & display options – select Refresh rate: 120Hz.

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New Apex Legends trailer introduces Valkyrie, takes us back to Titanfall roots

Respawn Entertainment wrapped up last week by teasing a new announcement for Apex Legends, and it opened this week by delivering on that teaser. As suspected, today Respawn revealed the new Legend who will be joining the game in Season 9: Valkyrie. Her arrival also brings with it stronger ties to the Titanfall games, so fans of the Titanfall series will definitely want to check this reveal out.

As it does for every new Legend, Respawn today revealed Valkyrie in a lengthy cinematic trailer. The trailer, titled “Northstar,” clocks in at over eight minutes long and shows us Valkyrie’s origin story. As it turns out, she’s the daughter of Viper – one of the antagonists from Titanfall 2. She has apparently spent years tracking down Kuben Blisk, a former ally of Viper’s and the creator of the Apex Games.

Good news for those who have fond memories of the Titanfall days, as this trailer features plenty of shots of Viper’s Northstar-class Titan. This Titan has been spotted a few times in the lead up to Valkyrie’s reveal, and it’s possible that she’ll use it in one way or another in Apex Legends. Unfortunately, nothing about Valkyrie’s kit is being revealed today – we’ll have to wait until we’re closer to the launch of Season 9 for that.

However, the Apex Legends website has been updated today with a few teasers regarding Season 9, which will be called “Legacy.” We’re told that Olympus has been infested with roots and natural growths that are “strangling the city.” The Bocek Bow, capable of dealing “tremendous damage at medium range,” will be the new weapon for Season 9, and of course there will be a new Battle Pass and a new Ranked season to participate in as well.

That’s all we’re getting about Season 9 today, but it won’t be too much longer before Respawn reveals more. We’ll let you know when the company does just that, but for now, check out the Northstar cinematic, which we’ve embedded above.

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Amazon Practically Giving Away Titanfall 2! Only $3 Today!

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With the launch of the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, retailers are rolling out more video game deals for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One to clear their inventory. If you’re in no rush to upgrade to the next-generation consoles, you should take advantage of these offers to play games that you missed when they were first released. Amazon, one of the most reliable sources for discounted video games, will help Xbox One owners further build their library with a $27 price drop for the digital download of futuristic first-person shooter Titanfall 2, lowering its price to $3 from its original price of $30.

Titanfall 2, developed by Respawn Entertainment and published by Electronic Arts, is the follow-up to 2014’s Titanfall. Released in 2016, the sequel kept the gameplay of Pilots and their Titans — massive robots with powerful abilities. Titanfall 2 introduces a story-driven single-player campaign, one of the glaring omissions in Titanfall, that’s focused on the adventures of a Pilot named Jack Cooper who forms a bond with his Titan, BT-7274.

Multiplayer matches, however, remain the focus of Titanfall 2. The loadout of Pilots revolves around main skills such as a personal cloak and a grappling hook, while Titans pack different weapons and abilities that give them different personalities and strategies for winning. There are different modes for multiplayer games, including Capture the Flag, Last Titan Standing, and Pilots vs. Pilots.

Apex Legends, one of the most popular team-based Battle Royale games, is based on the Titanfall universe, so if you’d like to know more about the lore behind it, you should check out Titanfall 2. There are rumors that characters from the Titanfall series will find their way into Apex Legends, so it might be wise to get to know them if the reports are true.

If you haven’t played Titanfall 2 yet, you’re missing out on one of the best first-person shooters that’s available on the Xbox One. There’s no reason not to get the digital download of the game as Amazon’s practically giving it away with a $27 discount, bringing its price down to just $3 from its original price of $30. There’s no telling how long the deal will last, so if you’re already looking forward to the fun you’ll have from the robot battles in Titanfall 2, you should click that Buy Now button as soon as you can.

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