EA Will Continue To Support Titanfall “Whatever The F**k That Means”, Say Respawn

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Titanfall 2 is a good game, it’s polished to within an inch of it’s life with a day one patch of just 88mb compared to Dishonored 2’s 9gb, but for some reason (well, quite an obvious reason really), it has not sold the huge numbers EA and Respawn were expecting.

The release window for the game, sandwiched between Battlefield 1 and Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, has clearly been a problem. “If the question was, “Would I rather have this window to myself?” Well, of course. I’m not foolish,” said Zampella, adding that he was concerned that EA might favour Battlefield 1 when promoting the games.

He was then went to ask if there would be a third game in the series.

Glixel: Will you make another Titanfall game?
Zampella: We don’t know yet. The game is, critically, a huge success. We’re really happy with all the reviews and the positive sentiment. Sales, it’s too early to tell. We’d definitely like to tell more of the story and the universe. I think it’s pretty safe to assume that we’ll explore more of it. EA might have announced more. Devin?

[Devin Bennett, a publicist for Electronic Arts, interjects, “What we’ve said is we’re committed to the franchise.”] Zampella: So, whatever the f*ck that means.

It’s hard to tell if that was a bitchy comment or was meant to be lighthearted,  but I expect EA are busy readying a press release as I type.

Zampella also says “I would sacrifice visual fidelity for gameplay experience. It has to feel good. It has to play right. It has to be fun,” which explains one of my few criticisms of the game – there is no destruction. Ever coffee cup and clipboard is welded to the furniture, windows and small vehicles seem to be impervious to giant robots stamping on them, and a salvo of missiles misfired doesn’t leave so much as a scrape on a wall.

UPDATE: We should remember that the heads of Respawn have been accused shenanigans with developers who are aligned with the same publisher as their team in the past. This was alleged during the long legal case with Activision when West and Zampella were at Infinity Ward.

West and Zampella went so far as to deliberately undermine the efforts of other developers within the Activision family and then lied about their conduct. On the same day that Treyarch released a video trailer promoting a follow-on product – a “map” pack or “downloadable content” – designed for players of Treyarch’s game Call of Duty: World at War, West and Zampella released a marketing video for Modern Warfare 2 with the purpose of hurting Treyarch’s and Activision’s marketing efforts.

Far from being remorseful, West attempted to justify his actions on the ground that Treyarch had insufficiently coordinated with Infinity Ward by stating: “We released on the same day as you because we had no clue you were releasing anything. We are not happy about it.” The real truth, however, was revealed by a series of text messages between West and an Infinity Ward employee contemporaneous with the video trailers’ release. The employee texted West that “treyarch released their mp dlc video.” West responded: “Super nice? We release our video? Crush and destroy with our video.” The employee answered: “We already did. And . . . we already did.” West’s following comment: “Nice.” Thus, West’s own words reveal his intentional strategy to “crush and destroy” his fellow developers at Treyarch.

Source: Glixel 

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13 Comments

  1. It’s such a shame it hasn’t sold well, it’s one of my favourite shooters in years. Clearly it is EAs fault for releasing it when they did, regardless of how much they refuse to admit this was the problem.
    Still, I advise anyone on the fence to p pick it up, both the campaign and the multiplayer are excellent.

    • i got splinters in my botty from sitting on the fence!
      jumped down and dived in..havent given Call of duty a second look.
      Absolutely cracking game.

  2. The campaign is one of the best I’ve played. The quality of the game is there for all to see. It’s a shame that EA stiffed them on the release window.

    • Not to mention no season pass, new maps will be free. This is what gamers have been asking for, so why are they not supporting the game. Ill be getting it around Xmas time, dont have the time for BF1 and TF2 right now.

      • You just answered your own question immediately after asking it!

  3. My gaming schedule is too busy atm but i’ve heard great things about the campaign – even some mentions of Half-life in reference – so i will pick it up as soon as i can.

  4. With all the good talk from players I could see it selling consistently like rainbow 6 siege has.

  5. I’m one of those rare beasts that only buy these shooters for their sp campaigns so for me it’s a question of value.
    Dishonoured was always top of my list before I even considered any of them but in the military shooter section I liked the look of all three this year.
    I ended up getting CoD primarily as it was £30 and I had a great time with its campaign. The story is well told and doesn’t jump all over the place like previous games. It really felt like a new Killzone game and as a fan of that series I was very happy.
    If you like sci fi TV and movies too you’ll appreciate all the little nods throughout from the BSG feel of the carrier to the mission that has very strong Sunshine vibes.
    I’d like to check out the campaigns of both Titanfall and Battlefield too but as they’re shorter I definitely will be waiting for a sale.

  6. It is a massive shame and baffling that EA elected to publish it at the same freaking time as Battlefield 1! I mean for god’s sake, you can’t do that with what was previously an exclusive game and said to be average and is now multiplat with the sequel! It can’t beat the bigger franchise. Sadly, TF2 was doing everything right. No BS microtransactions, a tiny one day patch(Which i think may have just been unlocking some MP stuff or tweaking one or two things). It got great reviews and sadly, it won’t do well due to the wrong release date! Should have released it after christmas or in a month that wasn’t filled to the brim. It wouldn’t do BF1 numbers, sure but it would do well due to no competition from BF1, COD:IW etc..

    Support can be just standard “We’ll see if it’s worth continuing” to “Ok, we kinda messed up but we’ll stand by it.” Respawn can’t really afford to start misbehaving. EA could suddenly change their stance if Zampella starts pulling stuff like this. And this is EA in their “Actually, we’re going to be nice” phrase instead of “GIVE! US! YOUR! CASH!” Mode where everything that can be sold, will be sold.

  7. Funny enough i got an email from PlayStation giving me a code to get a 43% discount off Titanfall 2.Only lasts 24 hrs though,anyone else get one today?

    • I got that too, but mine runs out on 23rd November.

      • Mines 23rd too. Was going to pick up the disc version in Sainsbury’s this evening anyway, so got a £35 psn credit instead which will pay for this nicely. Difference in price went towards more southern comfort! ;)

    • I got the email just after reading this which made me laugh. I’m seriously considering getting it now as I had a £25 Amazon gift card anyway and will probably buy a psn card to fund this.

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