The sequel to Respawn Entertainment’s mech FPS is in the works, and it’s jet-jumping over to the PlayStation 4. Respawn founder and CEO Vince Zampella confirmed the game’s existence to IGN ahead of the BAFTA Game Awards:
“I guess EA announced a sequel, so I could play coy and pretend I don’t know anything about it, or… yeah. So we’re working on a sequel. No official name yet, but we’re working on that. That’s the main focus but we’re starting up a second team and doing some smaller stuff too. Small, exploratory, taking it slow! It’ll be multiplatform.”
According to Respawn COO Dusty Welch, Titanfall wouldn’t exist without the original game’s Microsoft exclusivity deal:
“Well, we needed that, though. We couldn’t do the game[…]If we could do it though?It would have been prohibitive to do that – we definitely made the right choices for the right reasons – but if you’re saying what would we have liked to have done? The opportunity to be multiplatform could have made it even more significant for us.”
Though Welch and Zampella kept schtum about the sequel’s prospective content, they remain confident in their decision to keep Titanfall a multiplayer-only game:
“I wouldn’t have done it differently. We set out to do it and it was one of our goals. We put some single-player elements in there though, and tried to mix it up. Maybe we could have mixed things up a bit better because some people blew right by it and didn’t even see it because there was so much action happening around it. It’s tough, because if you hit people over the head with it it becomes intrusive, and there are people who don’t want or care about it. Where does the needle fall? I think it takes a while to figure that out and we haven’t figured it out yet.”
Titanfall was nominated for three Game BAFTAS in the following categories: Game Innovation, Multiplayer and Original Property, but was beaten by The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, and Valiant Hearts respectively.
Though not much can be gleaned about Titanfall 2 so far, could Zampella be subtly hinting at a working title: Needlefall? Food for thought.