While Titanfall 2 was well receieved critically when it launched, it probably didn’t sell as well as it should have given its release window. For those unaware, publisher EA made the baffling decision of releasing Titanfall 2 just a week after Battlefield 1 — arguably, the publisher’s biggest multiplayer IP.
In a video interview talking about their new studo Gravity Well, former Respawn devs Drew McCoy and Jon Shiring commented on Titanfall 2’s poorly planned release date.
Question: What was it like having that release schedule and then having it released one week after Battlefield 1? A popular wisdom is that it crushed you guys, is that the internal wisdom as well?
Drew McCoy: I think it hurt us in the sense that multiplayer competitive games are a very nearly a zero sum situation to players. If you’re not not one of the top five most played shooters in the online space, you’re a quote-unquote “dead game” and then it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy because players convince their friends not to play the game “Ah the game;s dead” dont play, come play this other game with me, everyone else is on this game with me. Everyone wants to be in the popular crowd.
You can watch McCoy and Shiring talk about the Titanfall 2 release date thing at around the 54:30 mark.
Important to note here, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare was relesaed on November 4, 2016 — just a week after Titanfall 2’s launch (October 28, 2016). As you can already imagine, the game being sandwiched in between two heavyweight multiplayer games’ releases (BF1 and Infinite Warfre) isn’t really a smart move for any game, much less one that’s also focused on online multiplayer. Ultimately though, it’s publisher EA who’s to blame given it had control on when it wanted to release both of its titles. Most assumed (including this writer) that EA released the two shooters so close together to try and pry away as much as they can from Call of Duty’s fanbase, which sadly worked the other way around.
While Titanfall 2 might not have sold as much as fans would have liked, it’s still one heck of a game, and one we recognize as one of the best shooters of this console generation. Sadly, it doesn’t look like we’ll be getting a sequel to it anytime soon.
Do you think Titanfall 2 would be a bigger success than it is now if it got a different release date? Let us know your thoughts down below.