After seven years, Respawn is finally ending all new sales of the first Titanfall game starting today. Titanfall will also be removed from subscription-based services on March 1, 2022. However, any players who’ve already purchased Titanfall will still have access to live servers.
Despite the removal, Respawn insisted that Titanfall is part of the company’s DNA and that the universe will continue.
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— Respawn (@Respawn) December 1, 2021
Respawn announced its decision Wednesday morning, adding that Titanfall is a central part of the studio’s identity.
“Rest assured, Titanfall is core to Respawn’s DNA and this incredible universe will continue,” Respawn wrote. “Today in Titanfall 2 and Apex Legends, and in the future. This franchise is a north star for the caliber of experiences we will continue to create here at Respawn.”
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Beyond merely the age of Titanfall, Respawn’s original multiplayer FPS has been plagued throughout the last couple of years by a series of hacking attacks that rendered the game mostly unplayable. That led to an outcry from the remaining fan base still playing the 2014 shooter, and even Apex Legends was briefly impacted by what appeared to be a retaliatory hack by unknown perpetrators.
Respawn eventually fixed Apex Legends’ technical issues, but could only devote “one or two” developers to the aging Titanfall, a community coordinator for Respawn said in July.
For now, Respawn is focused on Apex Legends, currently in its 11th season and serving as one of EA’s main focal points for its next financial year, and a Jedi: Fallen Order sequel is likely as EA said it’s the start of a new franchise.
A Titanfall 3 likely won’t happen anytime soon, though, since Respawn’s community coordinator Jason Garza said the studio is working on “too many other games” at the moment. Though it’s still plagued by similar DDoS attacks, Titanfall 2 is still available and has one heck of a single-player campaign, and even received a framerate boost as part of a past Xbox Series X update.
Joseph Knoop is a writer/producer/pilot for IGN.